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Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion

Africa, Disaster, September 25 2017

Disability sign in place of enter key

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,… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Disaster, September 19 2017

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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, July 28 2017

An evacuation drill being conducted in Dong Phuoc village, Vietnam. Photo: Guilhem Alandry/doculab/Malteser International/UNISDR

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… Continue Reading »

Survey on disability and climate resilience

Disaster, Europe, July 12 2017

Close-up of Businessman Filling Survey Form

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… Continue Reading »

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

Disaster, Europe, June 23 2017

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… Continue Reading »

UN Women Factsheet on Leaving No One Behind

Americas, Disaster, April 19 2017

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… Continue Reading »

Sharjah launches emergency preparedness tips in Braille

Disaster, News, April 14 2017

person reading 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… Continue Reading »

India to host international conference on disaster risk reduction

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, Events, Webinar, October 30 2016

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),… Continue Reading »

Survey on the needs of wheelchair users in emergency situations

Americas, Disaster, October 11 2016

Survey Icon

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) and UNICEF are conducting research on the needs of wheelchair users in emergency situations. If you are a wheelchair user, a caretaker, a disaster relief volunteer, a clinician, or an expert in corresponding fields, we invite you to participate in the emergency preparedness… Continue Reading »

Disaster assistance available for older adults and people with disabilities in West Virginia

Americas, Disaster, July 22 2016

CHARLESTON, W.VA.: Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has made it a priority to reach everyone who needs help – including people with disabilities and others… Continue Reading »


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