Answered Questions: Monthly News for the Disability Community for June 2018

Answered Questions is a monthly resource for the Spanish language Disability Community that fills an information need. This month’s question is: As a person with a disability, how can I better prepare for emergency situations and what can organizations do to better assist me during an emergency or disaster? This edition of Answered Questions includes items that discuss inclusive wireless technologies related to emergency preparation; PM-Prep, a disaster preparedness program; children with special needs and emergency preparation; the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency preparation and management; and psychological support during emergencies and disasters. More about Answered Questions.

NIDILRR-Funded Projects:

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (90RE5025) (English) creates and promotes inclusive wireless technologies that improve the ability of people with disabilities to independently perform and participate in activities of their choosing, including being included in emergency preparedness. The project also works with industry, government, and disability stakeholders to raise awareness about the adoption of accessible solutions for wireless connected technologies, including the accessibility of Wireless Emergency Alert messages. Outcomes for this project include the adoption of regulatory policies that increase accessible emergency alerts over multiple platforms.

From the NARIC Collection:

The article, Peer-mentored preparedness (PM-Prep): A new disaster preparedness program for adults living independently in the community (J68459) (English), describes a study that implemented and tested Peer-Mentored Prep, a health promotion program designed to improve the disaster preparedness among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living independently in the community. PM-Prep consists of four 2-hour classes co-taught by a health educator and peer mentors. Researchers found that participants in the program increased their emergency preparation and knowledge after participating in the classes.


Emergency Preparation for Children with Special Needs is a two-hour course from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (English) and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (English) for childcare providers and directors that provides information on how to create childcare programs that are prepared for emergencies and disasters and that include children with disabilities and other special needs. The course shows how to create and practice an evacuation plan that incorporates the needs of children with disabilities, create and document notice and communication procedures, and create a space for supplies that include the needs of children with disabilities.


Disability, natural disasters, and emergency situations, an article from the United Nations, discusses the need of including people with disabilities in the planning and management of disasters. It also discusses Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how it relates to emergency planning and people with disabilities. The article ends with a discussion of research that shows that including people with disabilities in all stages of emergency planning and the management of disasters helps to significantly reduce the vulnerability of people with disabilities.

For the Community:

The practical guide, Psychosocial support in emergencies and disasters, was produced by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization to help detect and anticipate problems and strengths in communities when assisting people with disabilities and older members of the community during emergencies and disasters. The guide was designed as an easy to use tool and application for emergency response teams, primary health care teams, and those people, institutions, or organizations that assist in providing emergency care and humanitarian aid.


Further Research:




About Answered Questions

Each month, we look through the searches on our blog and through the information requests made by our patrons who speak Spanish and pick a topic that fills the largest need. Each resource mentioned above is associated with this month’s information need. We search the various Spanish language news sources and feeds throughout the month to bring you these articles. With the exception of the NIDILRR Projects, From the NARIC Collection, and Further Investigation, all the linked articles and resources are in Spanish – any that are in English will be clearly marked.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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