Supporting Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs is now, more than ever, at the forefront of our consciousness following the devastating hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. In the spirit of Preparedness Month, here are some resources available to support the needs of those with disabilities and/or access and functional needs:
Download a copy of the MDPH access and functional needs resource guide: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/emergency-prep/dph-afn-resource-guide.pdf
The Health and Human Services emPOWER Map 2.0 is a great resource to view the monthly total of Medicare recipients with electricity-dependent equipment in your area including ventilators, wheelchairs, and cardiac devices.
For more information on how to prepare and communicate with this population, visit the Massachusetts DPH website: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/emergency-prep/additional-access-needs/