Katrina Study Focuses on Disabled

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Researchers from the University of Kansas will study how natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina affect people who need wheelchairs or other assistance to get out of harm's way.

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research has awarded a 162-thousand dollar grant to the team of researchers.

The team plans to focus on five Gulf Coast counties struck by the hurricane to see what problems disabled people there had as the storm approached and in the days afterward.

The team had visited the Gulf Coast before Katrina as part of a study into how emergency workers could better evacuate disabled people.

That study came after stories that people in wheelchairs were left in doorways or at the top of stairs during Nine Eleven.

Fox says the group will travel to Louisiana, Alabama and Florida in the next two months.