Disabling the Stereotypes (Cascade)

Disabling the Stereotypes (article) The Life Stories: Wider Worlds seminar is part of a trailblazing new project, the Disability Studies Initiative. The program attacks the stigma associated with people with disabilities and helps students explore an issue that is complex and often misunderstood. The initiative also educates students about disability-related careers in design, medicine, human services, and other professions.

Challenged Atheltes Foundation

The mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life…”

Oregon Resources for Emergency and Disaster Planning for Oregonians with Disabilities

Ready Now! Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for People with Disabilities (PDF) This tool kit from Oregon Health and Sciences University is a guide to help you prepare for an emergency. The tools and checklists in this handbook can be used as a step-by-step guide to making an emergency plan. Some of the resources included are specific to the Portland area, the rest of the tools are useful no matter where you are!

Emergency Planning & Disaster Preparedness Resources

National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness for Persons in the Workplace with Disabilities Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, NOD launched the Emergency Preparedness Initiative to help emergency managers address disability concerns during an emergency, and to ensure that people with disabilities are included in planning, response, and recovery. NOD offers a range of emergency preparedness materials and resources, including:

  • Partners in Preparedness Brochure
  • Interactive map of Disability and Emergency Preparedness Resources
  • Guide for Emergency Planners, Managers and Responders
  • Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities
  • Preparing Makes Sense Brochure Series
  • Special Needs for Katrina Evacuees Project

Ready Campaign People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs Section Ready is a national campaign designed to educate and empower Americans including Americans with disabilities to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. Personas con discapacidades y otras necesidades especiales.

American Red Cross- Prepare Today- Planning for Persons with Disabilities This information is intended to make planning for an evacuation less stressful for persons with disabilities by addressing some of their particular concerns. It is also intended to familiarize caregivers or members of a support group with some of the challenges facing their friends, family, and coworkers with disabilities. This guidance is not limited to people with physical or cognitive conditions specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is meant to be helpful to people with even mild vision, hearing, or mobility impairments, to name just a few examples.

The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC) The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC) was established by Executive Order 13347 to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations. The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Consider, in their emergency preparedness planning, the unique needs of agency employees with disabilities and individuals with disabilities whom the agency serves
  • Encourage, including through the provision of technical assistance, consideration of the unique needs of employees and individuals with disabilities served by state, local, and tribal governments, and private organizations and individuals in emergency preparedness planning; and
  • Facilitate cooperation among federal, state, local, and tribal governments and private organizations and individuals in the implementation of emergency preparedness plans as they relate to individuals with disabilities.

Accommodating People With Disabilities In Disasters: A Reference Guide To Federal Law. The Reference Guide was originally developed in response to the requirement of H.R. 5441 (PL 109-295), Section 689: Individuals with Disabilities, to develop disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. This Guide is not intended to satisfy all of the guidance requirements contained in Section 689.

TRUE Shelter Accessibility (PDF) TRUE stands for Training, Response, Understanding and Empowerment. As it unfolds and grows, our TRUE program will help emergency management departments to provide better accessibility and services in temporary disaster shelters. It is our hope that we can become a touchstone not just for those we serve, but for those who provide disaster relief to their communities. We respond to events as they unfold. When the earthquake struck Haiti we contacted folks that we have dealt with in the past in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We were able to deliver some of the first shipments of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and vital medical supplies) into the country via the backcountry, across the Dominican border, using resources provided by people that wanted to make a difference as quickly as they could.

CDC Disaster Preparedness Training Learn Nickole’s Story- a Portland, OR women living with spinal muscular atrophy who was stuck in her home for eight days during the winter storm of 2008 and find training and resources Nickole’s story doesn’t happen to you or someone you know living with a disability.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Find information on how to prepare for Disasters and Emergencies whether you are a person with a disability, a senior citizen, have a chronic medical condition and more.

Sensory Friendly Film Showings

Looking for a sensory friendly theater of film showing? Use these resources to find sensory friendly experiences in your area. AMC Sensory Friendly Films In partnership with The Autism Society, we bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to families affected by autism on a monthly basis to select communities. The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!