Franklin Regional Council of Governments (MA)
Project DEMAND (Disability, Emergency and Mohawk Area Needs):
Disability is widespread in Franklin County with 17 percent of residents reporting one or more disability. Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its community partners conducted a pilot project to promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
The overall purpose of the program is to improve the health and security of persons with disability in Franklin County, MA, by increasing the responsiveness of municipal and community agencies to the needs of the disabled population by addressing the following issues:
Technical Assistance Program:
Whiteside County Health Department goals were to develop a voluntary emergency registry to alert emergency response workers to community members with disabilities, and to implement a Healthy Lifestyles workshop and support meeting for people with disabilities. The Whiteside County Health Department also participated in Living the Challenges Weekend in April 2010. The weekend provided support and resources for families living with children with disabilities. Information was given out to families to register for the program. Whiteside County Health Department presented on "How to be Prepared During an Emergency" to daycare centers in the area and they hope to do the presentation to local seniors groups later this year.For more information on Franklin Regional Council, please contact: