Lessons learned from the world trade center disaster: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities in New York September 2004 contents

After September 11,” CNN transcript, November 22, 2001

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After September 11,” CNN transcript, November 22, 2001

At all stages after the attack, transportation was one of the most common problems for which consumers with disabilities sought CIDNY’s assistance. iCan News Service reported that many people with disabilities living in Lower Manhattan were not getting to health care appointments because they could not find transportation or were afraid to leave their homes. Those with blindness or low vision and their guide dogs had to spend hundreds of hours learning how to navigate the rearranged city, on foot and by re-routed public transportation. The League for the Hard of Hearing found that 50 percent of its clients were either canceling appointments or just not showing up.

The Port Authority Trans-Hudson has been ferrying passengers under the Hudson River for decades. It was one of the first modes of transportation in the area to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. With the key stations equipped with elevators, travel to New York was, according to Hudson County resident James Stoney, a ‘breeze’. Getting places in New Jersey has always been difficult, if not downright impossible, for wheelchair users. For many individuals with disabilities, Manhattan provided a variety of opportunities. When the twin towers fell, PATH service between cities in Hudson County and downtown New York ended.

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