Red-Cross-Sandy-5When government entities discuss their plans for responding to natural disasters, people with disabilities have a history of being off the radar. Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy have shown that the disabled still remain at considerable risk during catastrophic events. While change may not be on the near horizon, it is coming, thanks to efforts by the disability community and a recent decision by the federal judiciary. But until this happens, people with disabilities must continue to watch out for themselves and urge the appropriate agencies to take measureable action.

Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York, has spent years documenti