Fr. 190.00

Crises, Conflict and Disability - Ensuring Equality

English · Hardback

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Disabled people are among the most vulnerable populations during conflict situations or when natural disasters strike, experiencing higher mortality rates, fewer available resources and more difficulty in accessing help in refugee camps and in post-disaster environments. Already among the most marginalized populations in society, disabled people are often overlooked during emergency evacuation, relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts. Countries party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities must take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of disabled people during situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies, and natural disasters. This invaluable aid is designed to support such measures, examining preparedness, response, recovery and rebuilding. It includes perspectives from around the globe and explores their implications at the policy, program, and personal level, discussing issues such as: How can national laws, policies, and regulations provide guidance, methods and strategies to integrate and coordinate inclusive emergency management? What should disabled people know to be prepared for emergency situations?
What lessons have we learned from past experiences? What are the current shortfalls (physical and cultural) that put disabled people at risk during emergencies and what can be done to improve the situation (e.g. through new technologies and disaster planning)? How does disability affect people's experiences as refugees and other displaced persons; what programmes and best practices are in place to protect and promote their rights during their period of displacement? How must disabled people be factored in to the resettlement and rebuilding process; does an opportunity for ensuring universal access exist in the rebuilding process? What is the impact of disasters and conflicts on such special populations as disabled women, disabled children, and those with intellectual disabilities? Spotlighting a pressing issue, long neglected in emergency planning fields, this book discusses how to meet the needs of disabled people in crises and conflict situations. It is an important reference for all those working in or researching disability and inclusion, and emergency and disaster management.

List of contents

Preface Hassan Ali Bin Ali Foreword Baroness Amos 1. Introduction Valerie Karr and David Mitchell Part 1: Overview 2. Disability, Natural Disasters and Emergency Situations: The Work of the United Nations Akiko Ito 3. War, Law and Disability: Ensuring Equality in Situations of Crisis Mary Crock, Naomi Hart and Ron Mccallum 4. Mainstreaming Disability into Humanitarian Responses Armando J. Vasquez Barrios 5. Bridging the Humanitarian-Disability Divide: From Gaps to Changes in Policy and Practice Dale Buscher and Emma Pearce 6. Participatory Strategies for Raising the Preparedness of Persons with Disabilities During Crises, Conflicts or Natural Disasters Jhalukpreya Surujlal and Rolf Gaede 7. Women with Disabilities Leading the Way Toward Inclusive Emergency Response Susan Dunn and Susan Sygall 8. Excluded from a Health Crisis? HIV and Persons with Disabilities Paul Rohleder, Arne Henning Eide and Leslie Swartz 9. Disability In Bangladesh: The Evolution of Programmes and Services Saima Hossain Part 2: Disability and Disaster 10. Natural Hazards: Enhancing Disaster Preparedness and Resilience of People with Disabilities Badaoui Rouhban 11. Practical Strategies to Meet the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Management Initiatives Janet Njelesani, Shaun Cleaver and Myroslava Tataryn 12. Shelter for People with Disabilities Mike Meaney 13. The ERASE-STRESS(ES) Programmes: Teacher-Delivered Universal School-Based Programmes in the Aftermath of Disasters Rony Berger 14. GETTING REAL Promising Practices In Disability Inclusive Emergency Management for the Whole Community: A Case Study of the United States Marcie Roth 15. Australia Developing Inclusive Emergency Management Susan Stork-Finlay 16. The Canterbury Earthquakes: Preparedness, Response and Recovery Jill Mitchell 17. Japan’s 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami 2011, Much Higher Fatality Rate Among Persons with Disabilities: The Paradox of Community-Living and Disaster Nagase Osamu 18. Environmental Degradation and Disability: Scattered Research, Policy and Practice Mirella Schwinge and Michelle Proyer Part 3: Disability and Conflict 19. Getting Disability on the Post-Conflict Agenda: The Role of a Disability Movement Rebecca Irvine 20. Intellectual Disabilities in Humanitarian Assistance Policy and Practice: The Need to Consider Diversity within Disability Brigitte Rohwerder 21. Children with Disabilities: Neglected During Peacetime, Forgotten During Conflict Andrea Canepa 22. Sectarianism, Sanctions and Invasion: The Challenge of Promoting Educational Equality in Iraq Susie Miles and Alison Alborz 23. The Past Dividing the Present: Nicaragua’s Legacy of War Shaping Disability Rights Today Stephen Meyers 24. Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Challenges of Refugees with Disabilities and their Families in Uganda Eunice Owiny and Yusrah Nagujja 25. Disability in New Zealand Resettlement of Refugees: The New Hope for Equity Celia Brandon and Alia Bloom 26. The July-August 2006 War in Lebanon: The Impact on Persons with Disabilities Nawaf Kabbara and Jahda Abou Khalil 27. Conclusion David Mitchell and Valerie Karr

About the author

David Mitchell is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Valerie Karr is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire, USA and serves as the Director of World Enabled.


Spotlighting a pressing issue, this book discusses how to meet the needs of disabled people in crises and conflict situations. It explores key issues in managing such situations, from preparedness to response to recovery and rebuilding, including international perspectives and outlining their implications at the policy, program, and personal level.

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