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Fire, flood, earthquake ... terrorist attack. Disasters, natural and man-made, turn our world upside down, inflicting suffering and death on all of us involved. For people with disabilities, coping with the aftermath of disaster can be doubly difficult. After the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and the hurricanes in the southeast, MAINSTREAM took a look at how people with disabilities fared, and what we can do to prepare. In light of the attacks in New York and Washington, DC on September 11, 2001, these articles are worth examining anew.

Disaster:If you have a disability, the forces of nature can be meaner to you than anyone else. But you can fight back. Be prepared. By Douglas Lathrop.

EARTHQUAKE: Coping with the aftermath can be a disaster, too, for people with disabilities. By Jim Hammitt.