Category: Disabilities

Ready Now!

Cars driving on a highway are stuck in traffic because of a snow storm.

A rare winter storm in 2008 buried Portland, Oregon under more than a foot of snow, leaving the city gridlocked. Like many others around the city, Nickole Cheron was stuck in her home for eight days. But for Nickole—who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that weakens the body’s muscles over time—the Read More >

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Serving Alaskans with Disability: An Integrated Approach

By: Amanda Cooper, Alaska Health and Disability Program Manager With 663,000 square miles of land, rural location, and risk for at least seven types of natural disasters, Alaska’s emergency preparedness efforts are vital to the health and well-being of its residents. The majority of Alaska is inaccessible by road; therefore, emergency response efforts rely mostly Read More >

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Emergency Planning for All Abilities

Photo of a Push to Open button on a door for accessibility.

By Georgina Peacock Nickole Cheron was stuck in her home for eight days after a rare winter storm buried Portland, Oregon, under more than a foot of snow in 2008. Fortunately for Nickole, whose muscles are too weak to support her body, she signed up for “Ready Now!,” an emergency preparedness training program developed through Read More >

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ADA Anniversary: Including People With Disabilities in Public Health

  July 26th marks the 24th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that strengthens the inclusion of people with disabilities.     Anyone can have a disability and a disability can occur at any point in a person’s life.  An estimated 37 million1 to 57 million2 people are living with Read More >

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Grand Rounds: People with Disabilities and Public Health

By Gloria Krahn (Director, CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability) On December 18, 2012, CDC hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds promoting opportunities for the best quality of life for individuals with disabilities. You can access the event in the Grand Round archives. The facts: One in six adult Americans live with a disability when defined by a limitation Read More >

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