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“Two wheelchair users escaped from the World Trade Center Disaster, using evacuation chairs with inexperienced helpers, because they broke the rules and left before being found by rescue workers. Most who did what they were expected to do, that is, wait to be rescued, died,” according to June Kailes (Link: Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility For Your Safety: A Guide For People With Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations, 2002.).

One goal of this research is that it will lead to communities developing practices that assure all people's needs are being accounted for during an emergency or disaster situation. Listed below are the experts in their respective fields guiding this research study.


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Richard Gist, PhD

Principal Assistant

to the Director of KCMO

Fire Department

Associate Professor


University of Missouri

Kansas City, MO


June Issacson Kailes, MSW

Disability Policy Consultant

Playa del Rey, CA


Erin Lynch

Emergency Services


Mid America Regional


Kansas City, MO



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Alan Clive, PhD

Retired, Civil Rights Program Manager

Office of Equal Rights

Federal Emergency

Management Agency

Washington, DC


Elizabeth Davis, JD, EdM

Emergency Management

Special Needs Consultant

EAD & Associates, LLC

Brooklyn, NY


Edwina Juillet


Fire & Life Safety for

Persons with Disabilities

Luray, VA


Bob Mikesic

Advocacy/ADA Coordinator

Independence, Inc.

Lawrence, KS




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