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.