ASSEMBLY BILL 911; 911 Services: Elder Adults and Persons with Disabilities

Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez GETS IT!!! He has a long history in emergency services and as an Emergency Medical Tech he knows just how critical the interactions between first responders and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be. He has introduced, AB 911; 911 Services: Elder Adults and Persons with Disabilities with the intent of establishing a statewide 911 emergency communication system under the California Office of Emergency Services that would enable older adults, individuals with disabilities, and other at-risk persons to voluntarily provide vital health and safety information to enable first responders to better assist the public during an accident or emergency. Some of the voluntary information could include types of disabilities, signals of distress, and other critical conditions—for first responders to access in advance of a crisis. The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration is a co-sponsor of the bill and we THANK Assembly Member Rodriquez and look forward to working with him, his staff, United Domestic Workers as the other co-sponsor and other stakeholders to develop and strengthen public safety policies that can better serve people with I/DD in the community.

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