M. Simard, MSc, Global Health and Development, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON,
London, United Kingdom
This paper aims to present and analyze examples of disaster risk reduction strategies that are inclusive of persons with disabilities. There is a growing body of literature on disaster-risk reduction strategies, seeking to explore the various ways that we can protect specific populations from the effects of geo-physical disasters (sometimes referred to as natural disasters). However, there is a very limited body of literature on how to best include persons with disabilities into these disaster risk reduction strategies. Through researching what exists in that field, both in the literature and through practical experiences, this research aims to present and analyze examples of such inclusive strategies. The data comes both from a literature review and primary data collection. The
primary data collection consists of semi-structured interviews and questionnaires directed at a purposive sample of key informants, consisting of non-governmental organization workers and academics in the field. A qualitative theme content analysis will be performed on the collected data. The poster (or presentation) aims to discuss the findings of the study with the following objectives: (a) to present a review of the literature on disability within disaster-risk reduction strategies, (b) to present experiences and recommendations of NGO workers and academics in the field, (3) to underline examples of good practice, (4) to suggest guiding principles for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster-risk reduction strategies and, (5) to provide suggestions for future research and policies.