Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities In The Provision Of Disaster Mass Care, Housing, And Human Services

Reference Guide

The Reference Guide was originally developed in response to the requirement of H.R. 5441 (PL 109-295), Section 689: Individuals with Disabilities, to develop disability related guidelines for use by those who serve individuals with disabilities in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. This Guide is not intended to satisfy all of the guidance requirements contained in Section 689.  Additional guidelines to accommodate individuals with disabilities will be issued in the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Use Assumptions

  2. Planning Assumptions

  3. FEMA Policy

  4. Non-discrimination Principles of the Law

  5. Providers of Emergency Services and Applicable Laws  
  6. Laws with Summaries
  7. Glossary


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties would like to thank the following agencies for their contributions to the Reference Guide:

Federal Communications Commission
United States Access Board
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
United States Department of Justice
Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities

Last Modified: Friday, 13-Jul-2007 20:00:42 EDT