Common sense can reduce your risk of becoming a victim. It is imperative to stay alert to your surroundings at all times, no matter where you are. Be realistic about your limitations, and avoid any places or situations that would put you in harm’s way.
Know the neighborhood where you live and work, be aware of where emergency services are located (i.e. police, fire, hospital) and always carry your medical information in case of an emergency.
Install peepholes at your eye level so that you can see visitors. If you have difficulty speaking, have a friend record a message (with your name, address, and type of disability) that you can use to call 911 in case of an emergency. Keep the tape and tape recorder near a phone.
On the Street
Using the "buddy system" is always a wise choice for anyone. Try to stay in well lit, populated areas. Always let someone know when you go somewhere for any length of time and when you can be expected to return. If you use a wheelchair, keep your purse or wallet tucked snug between your body and the inside of the chair. Always keep a cell phone handy, and make sure its battery is properly charged.
Take a Stand!
If you see things around your neighborhood or town that are dangerous to those with disabilities, let officials know. Sometimes it is not a matter of ignorance, but an oversight on their part. They count on individuals like you to point those matters out to them.
For more information about this topic, please call the Lisle Police Department.