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829C1AC99D0C4B4887258A1A006E8D34 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

INTERIM COMMITTEE  WILDFIRE MATTERS REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date Aug 29, 2023      
Location LSB A



Center for People with Disabilities - Committee Discussion Only


02:10:43 PM  
Craig Towler, Community
Organizer, Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD), gave a presentation
on the CPWD's core services and programs. He also discussed the barriers
and inequities people with disabilities face at times of emergencies, including
the need for interpreters and easy-to-read text.



Their presentation can be found here:
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/cpwd_wildfire_matters_review_committee_meeting_august_29th_-_final.pdf
02:15:54 PM  
Mr. Towler explained
that emergency and health information is often distributed via email and
text, which is an issue in the disability community due to a lack of tech
literacy.
02:20:51 PM  
Mr. Towler discussed
the importance of easy-to-read emergency materials, which would include
clear visuals and plain language.
02:26:32 PM  
Mr. Towler discussed
the need for community networks to help members of the disability during
evacuations, such as providing them transportation if they do not drive.
He explained how the CPWD uses community conversation cards to facilitate
the formation of community networks.
02:31:24 PM  
Mr. Towler responded to questions from the committee on the first steps to making the evacuation process more accessible for the disability community.






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