I’m currently reading a book about how ancient nomadic cultures dealt with people who had disabilities. It was pretty simple: If someone was unable to keep up with the group, someone else would sneak up behind them and kill them.
And although we consider ourselves somewhat more refined in today’s culture, the fact is that people with disabilities often get left behind when everyone else is moving. And this is particularly true in natural disasters and other emergencies. Consider some of the horror stories from recent hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, where some people with disabilities were unable to be rescued.
That is why I wanted to put the word out about a free webinar coming up on November 3. The ADA Information Center will be providing information on developing evacuation plans that specifically account for the needs of people with disabilities.
Let’s educate ourselves and show that we really have evolved!