The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Meeting of October 25, 2005, Washington D.C. on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities:
Is the Workplace Ready?

EDWINA JUILLET
Co-Founder, The National Task Force on Fire and Life Safety for People with Disabilities

Edwina Juillet's abiding interest is: egress for persons with disabilities. Her more than thirty year career as a healthcare risk manager is how she became attuned to the issues of emergency evacuation for persons with disabilities. The genesis of her avocation --egress for persons with disabilities-- was the enactment of the Rehabilitation Act. This evolved with a focus on issues of emergency evacuation which she continues to pursue through her work in research and codes/standards, publications. She is the co-founder the National Task Force on Fire and Life Safety for People with Disabilities, (in 1978).

Examples of her accomplishments, include:

September 11th, 2001 brought about many projects, national, local, public, private, with objective to look for and/or develop "best practice" for the emergency preparedness for/by persons with disabilities. Edwina currently serves in an technical advisory capacity for two of those projects, World Trade Center Evacuation Study being conducted by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University and Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mobility Impairment, being conducted by the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living.


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