A new federal program provides personal care aides for individuals with disabilities stranded in emergency shelters during a declared disaster
Wildfires, windstorms and floods have been in the news regularly this year. What if such a disaster suddenly hit your neighborhood? Would you be prepared?
Planning ahead for emergency situations is especially important for people who have disabilities that affect mobility and self-care. You are in the best position to plan for your own safety and well-being since you know your functional...
An accessible fire extinguisher is still on the drawing board, but here are a few other ways to stay safe
In June 2011, Vicki Pollyea of Tampa, Fla., heard a loud explosion on her bedroom porch. Pollyea, who has type 1A Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and walks with assistance, spotted a small fire through her porch door.
The story you're about to read is true; the names have been changed to protect the guilty
I’m fortunate in that many of my paid caregivers have been professional, reliable, respectful, pleasant and hard- working. Some have been with me for so long we think of them as family. Whether it was sharing my excitement over self-publishing a novel and moving into our new house, or helping me through the misery of my first months of diabetes and the nightmare of my mother’s breast cancer, they...
The biggest problem at an ER may not be the one you go in with, but the one you encounter there
When a medical emergency strikes — and the patient is a person with a neuromuscular disease — it’s not just getting to the emergency room quickly that’s critical. It’s also critical to ensure the ER staff understands the patient’s special needs caused by muscle disease.
Quest's annual review of the Americans with Disabilities Act finds new rules being implemented and new suits being filed, as the fight for full inclusion goes on
Beginning in 2012, new or renovated public swimming pools must have sloped entries or lifts. New or altered golf courses must have some accessible holes.
Boat docks must have accessible slips, playgrounds and gyms must have accessible equipment, and amusement park rides must have accessible seats.
These are just a few of the new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for public...
The Federal Communications Commission is asking people with disabilities how they prefer to contact 911, in preparation for a new emergency-access system
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is conducting an online national survey of individuals with disabilities to determine the most effective and efficient methods to access emergency services.
According to the FCC, a new emergency-access system is being developed that will allow people to reach 911 not only by using voice telephones, but text, video and other devices, some of which use...
When a 1,000-year storm hit Nashville, a writer with muscular dystrophy learned the truth of the adage ‘it’s all about neighbors helping neighbors’
Devastating. Humbling. Unifying. Frightening.
Those are words that echoed through Nashville on the weekend of May 1, 2010, when the area was hit by a storm of Biblical proportions — a storm that would ultimately change the face of this beautiful city.
Although I’ve written in the past about disaster preparation for Quest readers, there is nothing like firsthand experience. Here, then, is my story...