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Disability Groups Raise Concerns About FEMA’s Response Efforts In Protecting People With Disabilities.

November 6, 2018

Disability Scoop (11/6, Perkes) reports that after a series of recent natural disasters, “some advocates are expressing alarm that federal emergency response efforts are failing to protect the well-being and civil rights of people with disabilities, including by sending them unnecessarily to nursing homes.” Disability rights group ADAPT recently sent a letter to FEMA, “criticizing the release earlier this year of a strategic plan without ‘preparedness, planning or response elements’ specifically for people with disabilities, unlike past plans that addressed disability rights and accessibility.” The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies also “filed a civil rights complaint naming FEMA and three other federal agencies for failure to provide equal access to shelters.”

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