According to a report in the New York Times, New York City violated the rights of about 900,000 of its residents with disabilities by failing to accommodate their needs during emergencies.
In a court ruling, Judge Jesse M. Furman of Federal District Court in Manhattan, said the city, through "benign neglect", was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. According to the report, the ruling arose from a lawsuit filed in 2011 after Tropical Storm Irene, but came into sharper focus after Hurricane Sandy, when many New Yorkers with disabilities were stranded for days.
The identity of the group of Americans with disabilities is constantly changing — at any moment, anyone could become part of this group, for maybe a short time or maybe for a long time. For many years, NFPA has long been involved with developing strategies and fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities. Download our free onlinee resources, including our 'Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities".
At this week's "Backyards & Beyond" wildland fire education conference" in Salt Lake City, Allan Fraser, NFPA's Senior Building & Code Specialist, will be speaking on "Are You Ignoring 20% of Your Population When Planning for Wildland Fires?".