Huffington Post: People with Disabilities Left Behind During Katrina Tell Their Stories

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Huffington Post: People with Disabilities Left Behind During Katrina Tell Their Stories

8/27/15

by Jordan Melograna

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast, many familiar phrases will briefly re-enter our daily lexicon: levees, the Superdome, Lower Ninth, FEMA trailers. And lots of anger and sadness and pain will return to millions of Gulf Coast residents who have largely tried to forget and move on.

You will hear a lot of about how the storm disproportionately affected people of color and people with low income, as you rightly should. The storm’s impact and the human-caused problem of levee failure seemed designed to impact that community, while the tourist friendly areas of the city went comparatively unscathed.

What you probably won’t hear about very much is the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. They, too, were disproportionately affected, but just not because of Mother Nature. Continue reading . . .