Disability and Disaster
Principal Investigator: University College London
Partners: Texas A&M University, Council of Europe, Le Centre National d’Information et de Rencontre du Handicap (Luxembourg), University of Sydney, Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre.
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.
Prof David Alexander (UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction)
Alexander, D. E. (2012). Disability and disaster. In B. Wisner, JC Gaillard, I. Kelman (Eds.), Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction (pp. 413-423). London: Routledge.
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