Inclusion of Disability and Disaster Preparedness

Inclusion of Disability and Disaster Preparedness

 

Meaningful Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Management: One of the challenges is to ensure that the persons with disabilities are included in disaster management plans and programmes. It cannot be assumed that they be automatically included in when they are usually excluded in normal times.  Their exclusion makes them invisible and uninformed about their rights. This can be accomplished through a twin track approach.

 

  1. Building the capacity of persons with disabilities to be able to participate on equal terms.

  2. To ensure that they are consulted at each step.

 

This can be achieved by mobilizing and strengthening their capacity, and that of their families and DPOs in disaster prone countries on the social model of inclusion. It also depends on building a disability component into all funding meant for Disasters.

Building Networks of Alliances: It is important that networking between disaster and disability organizations takes place to enable them to build solidarity with each other. This alliance building should be extended to other vulnerable groups (based on age, gender, race and caste) as the provisions for persons with disabilities would be useful to them also.

 

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