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Disability and Disasters

UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

Disability and Disasters

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Disability and Disasters

Disabilities and Disaster Event

Date: Wednesday 12 March 6.00pm-8.30pm.
Panel discussion: 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Room 106, Roberts Building, University College London, Gower Street.
Reception: 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Foyer, Roberts Building

 In very many cases, the needs of people with disabilities are neglected in arrangements for managing emergencies and reducing the impacts of disaster. People with disabilities constitute about 15 per cent of the world population, and one in four families includes such a person. We are striving to move towards a fairer, more inclusive society and that must be one in which people with disabilities benefit from as much safety and resilience as the rest of society. Disasters should not be situations in which discrimination is tolerated, or in which the principles of 'design for all' are abandoned.

To achieve good disaster risk reduction and emergency response it is essential to improve the understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and ensure that provision is made to ensure that they do not suffer discrimination and disadvantage relative to the rest of the population. For many civil protection and emergency response organisations, this requires fundamental changes in the way that services are configured and delivered.

We have convened a panel of experts in this field, who will debate the issues associated with improving emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. The points of view of civil protection, government and civil society organisations will be taken into account, and strategies for improving service delivery will be discussed.

Prof. David Alexander, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL

  • Mr Silvio Sagramola, Director of the Info-Handicap Association, Luxembourg, and co-author of the Council of Europe Report and Guidelines on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Dr Mechthilde Fuhrer, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Democratic Governance Directorate, Council of Europe, Strasbourg
  • Dr Maria Kett, Assistant Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, UCL
  • Dr Ilan Kelman, is Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health, UCL and is co-editor of a new book entitled "Disability and Disaster."
Do you have questions about Disability and Disasters? Contact UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

When & Where

UCL Roberts Building, Room 106
University College London
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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In order to maximise the impact and value of UCL activities in risk and disaster reduction, and to increase and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation; the IRDR brings together different areas of expertise found across established centres throughout UCL, and leads research and teaching in risk and disaster reduction.

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