emergency and disability

Katrina highlights need for disability disaster planning

posted on November 1, 2005 - 9:47am
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region in late August, she blew destruction equally upon all in her path. Yet those with disabilities endured additional challenges and dangers both during and after the storm. Many people with disabilities faced more difficulty in evacuating, greater inconvenience — and in some cases life-threatening danger — because of the loss of electrical...
posted on September 1, 2005 - 3:36pm
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 5
In 1986, my older daughter, Katie, who had spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA2), was ill and stayed home from eighth grade. Abruptly, she went into respiratory arrest. I gave her CPR, called 911, and gave her some more CPR. The paramedics stabilized her, and we left immediately for the hospital. Now you may be thinking that this was the emergency, but it was only half of it. My younger daughter...