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Kitsap County embraces technology to increase access to emergency services for people with disabilities

The implications of Kitsap County’s new way to contact 911 in case of emergency are innovative and far-reaching. As of 2015 residents of Kitsap County, Washington have the additional option of sending a text message to 911. The significance of…
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Settlement requires NYC to overhaul disaster plan

Disability advocates and the New York City Law Department submitted papers in federal court September 25, laying out a comprehensive set of goals to bring the City’s emergency preparedness procedures into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “We…
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Class-action lawsuit challenges D.C. emergency preparedness plans

A coalition of disability rights advocates sued the District of Columbia on September 9, contending that the nation’s capital is violating federal and district law by failing to adequately provide for people with disabilities in its emergency planning. “The lack…
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Federal agency calls for inclusive emergency preparedness plans

The National Council on Disability released an extensive report May 27, detailing the various ways that municipalities are failing to account for people with disabilities in their emergency preparedness plans. “The concerns of people with disabilities and others with access…
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Lawsuit challenges NYC schools, EMS practices

A group of parents, represented by Legal Services NYC, filed a lawsuit in federal district court last week, protesting the NYC Department of Education’s practice of sending students to emergency rooms for disciplinary problems that advocates say should be…
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What are we talking about?

This week I researched high and low in order to keep you updated on current events in the community of people with disabilities. Hope you enjoy! 1. The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., will host an exhibit of artwork created…
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Court rules that NYC emergency plans violate the ADA

In a sweeping 109-page decision, a federal court ruled November 7 that New York City’s emergency preparedness procedures fail to take special accommodations into account for the city’s estimated 900,000 residents with disabilities. “This mountain of evidence and argument…
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A year in review

When the ball dropped at 12am on January 1, 2013, I couldn’t help but think about how fast 2012 had gone by. Didn’t June just pass by a few days ago? I honestly couldn’t believe that the year had gone…
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Social media in times of danger

When dangerous situations occur, the first places that people like to check in order to find out what is happening is social media. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram, in just a few minutes, you can find out crucial information…