Visitability is a disability advocacy movement to create systemic change in new home construction so that all persons can feel welcomed. Thinking about these issues as you build or participate in city planning is a great Partners practice!
Both the American Red Cross and the Oklahoma State Department of Health maintain websites and printable docs on emergency management and disaster preparedness for persons with disabilities. This reading is time well spent and we hope you will also share it with first responders in your community!
A “hot” topic in Oklahoma has been how to persons with mobility limitations access underground storm shelters and safely move through disaster areas. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities dedicated their quarterly magazine to the topic of disasters.
Inhumane practices of restraint and seclusion are never acceptable. The US Department of Education has a 45 page booklet about what constitutes appropriate engagement with persons whose own safety or the safety of others is at stake.