Preserving Our Freedom: Ending Institutionalization of People with Disabilities During and After Disasters

$25.00 | CE Hours:5.00 | Beginning

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CE Course Description

Despite civil rights protections by federal statute prohibiting unnecessary institutionalization (and despite the specific prohibition against waiving this protection during disasters), disaster-impacted people with disabilities are frequently institutionalized during and after disasters. As a result, health care professionals are being asked to help prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of disaster-impacted people with disabilities. With that in mind, this course reviews the National Council on Disability's (NCD) report, Preserving Our Freedom: Ending Institutionalization of People with Disabilities During and After Disasters, to provide health care professionals with a resource that may be used to help prevent the institutionalization of people with disabilities during and after disasters.

Author:  National Council on Disability (U.S.)

References / Contributions by:

S.H. Al-Mashoor, S.A. Hashim, and A.W. Nikmat. 2015. “Quality of Life in People with Cognitive Impairment: Nursing Home Versus Home Care.” International Psychogeriatrics. 2015 (27: 815-824).

U.S. Senate. 2018. “Sheltering in Danger: How Poor Emergency Planning and Response Put Nursing Home Residents at Risk During Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” p. 78.

Department of Health and Human Services. 2018. “OCR Issues Guidance to Help Ensure Equal Access to Emergency Services and the Appropriate Sharing of Medical Information During Hurricane Florence.” September 13, 2018.

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CE Course Objectives

  1. Identify factors that lead to unnecessary institutionalization.
  2. Examine the NCD's recommendations to eliminate institutionalization of people with disabilities during and after disasters.
  3. Describe recommendations on how to improve community readiness in order to meet obligations that require equal access to emergency and disaster services.
  4. Consider the short-and-long-term physical, mental, and financial consequences that institutionalization wreaks on a person with a disability.
  5. Differentiate recommendations that would enable federal agencies to eliminate institutionalization of persons with disabilities during future disasters.

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Occurrence of people with disabilities being institutionalized during and after disasters
  2. The detriments of institutionalizing people with disabilities during and after disasters
  3. Why people with disabilities end up institutionalized during and after disasters
  4. Practices to Curtail and Prevent Institutionalization 
  5. Recommendations

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2019-05-24

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