• Disaster

    Persons with disabilities emphasize need to involve in DRR programs

    PHILIPPINES: In its effort towards disaster risk reduction, persons with disabilities (PWDs) expressed the need to involve themselves in disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction programs. The secretary general of the World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Teddy Kahil, who is visually impaired, said Thursday last week that persons with disabilities are greatly affected during disaster. “I, as a… Continue Reading »

    Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion

    PROVIDENCE, RI: The recent natural disasters of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have refocused the discussion on the need for universal web accessibility, particularly for those with a disability. Persons with disabilities need to have access to inclusive online apps and resources that not only keep them informed of weather conditions, but also offer them a… Continue Reading »

    Leaving no one behind – achieving disability-inclusive disaster risk management

    Natural hazard events can occur in any country, at any time. At present, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal are dealing with the aftermath of some of the worst monsoon flooding in years, which has left more than 1,200 people dead and millions homeless. At the same time, North America and the Caribbean region are responding to… Continue Reading »

    NDMA seeks Kerala’s help to make disability-inclusive DRR

    KOLLAM: It was a special occasion for Kerala when it became the first state to launch a disaster preparedness training program for persons with disabilities. That was in May 2016. A year after, the state is again in the limelight. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which is in the process of chalking out guidelines… Continue Reading »

    Survey on disability and climate resilience

    UK: A survey has been launched by a group conducting research on disability and climate resilience for a project funded by the UK Department for International Development. As part of this research, they have developed a short online survey to determine organisational experience in implementing climate change-focused disability programmes and the policy environment in which… Continue Reading »

    Armenian emergency ministry launches ‘911 SOS’ for persons with disabilities

    YEREVAN: Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations has  launched a free mobile application “911 SOS,” designed specifically for people with disabilities. In a press release the ministry said the application operates on iOS  and Android operating systems and described it as the best way for people with disabilities who get in difficult situations to send alarm… Continue Reading »

    UN Women Factsheet on Leaving No One Behind

    UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality produced a Factsheet building on its seven-year experience working with civil society supporting the transformation of marginalized groups into agents of change. An estimated 7% of the projects globally worked with women with disabilities. The Factsheet offers key insights into effective strategies for operationalizing Agenda 2030 and its commitment… Continue Reading »

    Sharjah launches emergency preparedness tips in Braille

    SHARJAH: The Sharjah Civil Defence Department on Wednesday launched a safety awareness system initiative for people with vision disabilities through Braille, to inform them about various types of risks. The initiative is first of its kind in the country, aimed at ensuring the safety of people with vision disabilities. The Sharjah Civil Defence has designed… Continue Reading »

    India to host international conference on disaster risk reduction

    NEW DELHI: India will host the Asian ministerial conference for disaster risk reduction next month which will focus on partnership with governments and stakeholders to imbibe the practices in the region’s development narrative. This is the first AMCDRR after the advent of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRRR), adopted at the third UN… Continue Reading »