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How everyday technology can be adapted to make independent living possible – the life and times of Richard Devylder

This month the community of people with disabilities lost a valued member and friend to many. Called “a long time disability advocate and former appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation,” by the National Council on Disability, Richard Devylder…
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VIDEO: Right to be Rescued

A rootedin Rights original documentary, “The Right to be Rescued” is a short documentary that tells the stories of people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Our goal is to make emergency planners aware of the specific needs of people…
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The Right to be Rescued

"The Right to be Rescued" is a short documentary that tells the stories of people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Released days before the 10th anniversary of the storm, our goal is to make emergency planners aware of the specific needs of people with disabilities and push them to alter their disaster plans to make sure those needs are met. You can help! We will provide links or DVDs to anyone who would like to screen this film for emergency planners and others in their community. Contact us to find out how.
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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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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…
A year in review

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…