In recent times it has been increasingly recognized that persons with disability suffer disproportionately during disasters. In disasters such as the Tsunami, Katrina and the earthquake in Pakistan and India, it has been documented that disasters not only create impairment, but those who already have a disability before a crisis may become further marginalized and excluded because of their disability. The cycle of poverty and isolation, which persons with disabilities usually find themselves in, is increased during these situations.
The Conference participants on the whole agreed that there was existing experience to draw on and we need to move forward. The first important issue is to move from this understanding to action.