By Rohmteen Mokhtari and Meredith Raymond, Administration for Community Living (ACL) Office of External Affairs
“As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, we are reminded of the importance of making emergency planning efforts inclusive of people of all ages and abilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. ACL interviewed two disability community leaders working to ensure that people with disabilities are included in emergency preparedness efforts.
“Curt Decker is the Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), a membership organization representing Protection and Advocacy Systems and the Client Assistance Programs for individuals with disabilities. Christy Dunaway is the Chair of Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). NCIL is a membership organization representing individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils and other organizations. NCIL and NDRN both have had Memoranda of Understanding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC).
“What does an inclusive approach to emergency preparedness look like to you?”