People with Disabilities, Few Good Options During Disasters
Scallan and her 20-year-old son, who has Down syndrome and autism, initially evacuated to Shreveport. They stayed in a hotel with her elderly mother and sister, four of them in one room. It was tight, but a shelter doesn’t work for a lot of people with autism, Scallan said. They are overwhelmed by other people, the noises and smells. Scallan also can’t stay in her home in St. Charles Parish, where there is no running water, sewage, or internet.