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The impact of natural disasters is difficult for anyone to handle – but for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), disaster strikes differently.

Recent research by Dr. Laura Stough, an IDD scholar in the Department of Education Psychology at Texas A&M University, points out the flaws of crisis management for the IDD community and shows where there is room to improve.

Stough has first hand experience handling natural disasters. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer during Hurricane Katrina. She saw the lack of equitable access  for the IDD community during her service  and realized changes needed to be made.

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