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Fact Sheet: Helping Survivors with Disabilities in the Disaster Assistance Process

Release date: 
September 8, 2017
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FEMA offers services and technologies to support survivors with disabilities and access and functional needs through the disaster assistance process.

FEMA can provide sign language interpreters and materials in alternate formats (such as Braille, large print and electronic formats) upon request.

FEMA has amplified telephones, phones that display text and amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss. Magnifiers are available for people with vision loss.

Video Remote Interpreting is available at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) and in-person sign language is available by request. DRCs also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If FEMA is participating in a local event, anyone has the right to request reasonable accommodations to support their communication needs. FEMA can provide services such as sign language interpretation and captioning if a request is made through the meeting or event host.

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59