Institute for Global Health


Disability and Disaster

Disability and Disaster (credit: David Alexander)

Project Summary

Traditional infrastructure, day-to-day life, and emergency procedures are designed for people without disabilities. However, an estimated 20% percent of the world's population experiences physical, sensory, cognitive, or mental health issues--and people's status with respect to disability changes over time.

This project researches how disaster risk reduction and disaster response can be fully inclusive, re-framing traditional perspectives and approaches regarding the role of people with disabilities in disaster-related activities. Society can tackle the challenges identified through partnering with and including people with disabilities in all phases of dealing with disaster.

Links to other research

Other research from IGH on Disasters and Emergencies, Vulnerable Populations & Disability and Population Health

Other Global research from IGH