The natural disasters have disproportionate effects on people with disabilities like blind, deaf, persons with reduced mobility and their caregivers. Specific reports from 2004 to 2014 showed that persons with disabilities suffered from natural disasters 2-4 times more than non-disabled people (Report on 2011 disaster of Japan). The reason underlying this disproportionate impact is that institutions or authorities are prone to focus on these people’s vulnerability, portray them as helpless and overlook their knowledge, skills for dealing with disasters. This kind of misconceptions is likely to cause ostracizing of persons with disabilities as well as their caregivers will continue and there is an urgent need to diminish the vulnerability.
The objectives of this project are:
empowering people with disabilities through effective disaster management;
raising awareness of persons with disabilities and their caregivers about the increasing risks of disasters;
making PwDs and caregivers better prepared for natural disasters through training contents and accessible learning materials on the accessible learning hub;
empowering the caregivers in the disaster management cycle;
increasing the knowledge and awareness of authorities and policy makers responsible for disability and disasters volunteers about disability and disasters in civil protection and professionals working with PwDs;
building a culture of disability and disaster preparedness in community-at-large;
mainstreaming disability into disaster management cycle.