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Stories Sought from PAS Users Who Experienced Disasters

Seeking stories from PAS users who have experienced disasters

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute along with the Center for Personal Assistance Services at UC San Francisco is collecting emergency and disaster experience stories from individuals with disabilities who use personal assistance services (PAS).  We expect these experiences will lead to valuable lessons, techniques, strategies, and skills.

This is an opportunity to share what you have learned in surviving an emergency.

To participate, you must:

  • Use one or more personal assistants (also known as an attendant or caregiver). This can be someone who you pay for, or someone who volunteers to assist you, including family members or friends.
  • Have in the last 5 years (since 2008), lived through a large emergency such as, but not limited to, a storm, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, fire, flood, heat or cold wave, power outage, or chemical spill. By large emergency we mean an incident that effects a large physical area, affects many people and overwhelms local resources which leads to the state and possibly  FEMA responding.
  • Be interested in helping others understand and learn from your emergency experience
  •  Be willing to share your written or recorded story on the Center for Personal Assistance Services website

If this is all true for you, we would like to hear about your experiences.  Please go to  to give your experiences.

If you complete the questions, which should take approximately fifteen to thirty minutes, you will be entered into a drawing for which 5 individuals will each win a $50 gift card.

If you have questions, please contact Lewis Kraus, Project Director at

Lewis E. Kraus
Deputy Director
Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute
555 12th Street, Suite 215
Oakland, CA 94607
510-285-5615 Voice
510-285-5614 Fax

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