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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…