Impact of Katrina on Persons with Disabilities

Disaster Response

Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities


In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many aspects of the disaster and the response were analyzed and investigated. The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) concluded that adequate attention was not paid to the issue of preparation to meet the needs of persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. NIDRR funded a project to identify the barriers faced by centers for independent living and emergency managers to identify the challenges and to make recommendations for the future.


The research was led by Glen W. White of the University of Kansas. Two of his colleagues from Kansas, Michael H. Fox and Catherine Rooney, and Anthony Cahill of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine were part of the research team. Their report is attached.


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Title: Impact of Katrina on Persons with Disabilities
Module: Emergency Mgmt
Author: White, Fox, Rooney & Cahill
Audience: Administrator
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Organization Source: Nat Inst on Disability & Rehabilitation Research
Last Reviewed: 08-27-2009 3:13 PM