People with disabilities are among the most adversely affected
during conflict situations or when natural disasters strike. They
experience higher mortality rates, have fewer available resources
and less access to help, especially in refugee camps, as well as in
post-disaster environments. Already subject to severe
discrimination in many societies, people with disabilities are
often overlooked during emergency evacuation, relief, recovery and
Countries party to the UNConvention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilitiesmust take all necessary measures to ensure
the protection and safety of people with disabilities during
situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies, and natural
disasters. Such aid should be designed to support preparedness,
response, recovery and rebuilding. This book includes perspectives
from around the globe and explores the implications at the policy,
programme, and personal level, discussing issues such as:
- How can national laws, policies, and regulations provide
guidance, methods and strategies to integrate and coordinate
inclusive emergency management?
- What should people with disabilities know in order to be
prepared for emergency situations? What lessons have we learned
from past experiences?
- What are the current shortfalls (physical and cultural) that
put people with disabilities at risk during emergencies and what
can be done to improve these situations (e.g. through new
technologies and disaster planning)?
- How does disability affect people''s experiences as refugees
and other displaced situations; what programmes and best practices
are in place to protect and promote their rights during their
period of displacement?
- How must disabled people with disabilities be factored in to
the resettlement and rebuilding process; does an opportunity for
ensuring universal access exist in the rebuilding process?
- What is the impact of disasters and conflicts on such special
populations as disabled women, disabled children, and those with
Spotlighting a pressing issue that has long been neglected in
emergency planning fields, this innovative book discusses how to
meet the needs of people with disabilities in crises and conflict
situations. It is an important reference for all those working in
or researching disability and inclusion, and emergency and disaster
management, both in developed and developing countries.