The frequency, intensity, and magnitude of disasters and public health emergencies are rapidly increasing due to both climate and non-climate driven causes, resulting in a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities worldwide.
According to the United Nations, people with disabilities are two to four times more likely to be injured or die in a disaster. This is due to failures in government and community planning, inclusion and meeting accessibility and accommodation obligations. True resilience is only achievable with a full commitment to equal access, universal design and whole community inclusion. WID is launching a global campaign to optimize disability inclusive emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, with a specific focus on actions that have a measurable impact on improving readiness and resilience for communities and improved outcomes for disaster impacted people with disabilities.
WID COVID-19 Response
WID joins disability rights and emergency management experts from across the country in issuing an urgent call to action for immediate strategies and solutions from the federal government and governments at every level, including local, state, tribal and territorial, to address the specific needs of persons with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and all public health emergencies.
WID is working in collaboration with the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the National Council on Independent Living Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, and other local, national, and international groups to get people with disabilities the information, care, and supports to survive this pandemic.
On May 7, 2020, WID was joined by over 200 disability rights leaders from 21 countries to discuss the needs of people with disabilities and disability-led organizations in rapid disaster response. Please join us for a continuation of this discussion at our second session on June 4th.
Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall Meetings
Session 2: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Thursday, June 4 from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm EDT/4:00pm-5:30pm UTC
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This webinar will serve as a community forum for sharing and storytelling as we, the global disability community, reframe the debate on disability inclusion in disaster planning, response, recovery, and mitigation. Please sign up to speak via our speaker sign up form – we will be prioritizing voices from diverse locations, multiply-marginalized people with disabilities, disability-led organizations, and those who did not speak at our last session.
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For video recording and transcript from Session 1, visit our Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall page.
Click on the linked image below to visit our COVID-19 page, which includes WID’s response, calls to action, COVID-related disability rights, resources, and press mentions.
Emergencies, Disasters, and Climate Resilience pages
Click on the linked images below or the following links to visit pages in the Emergencies, Disasters, and Climate Resilience section: Emergency Preparedness + Disaster Risk Reduction, The Rights of People with Disabilities in Disasters & Public Health Emergencies, and Resources for People with Disabilities in Emergencies & Disasters.
For more information, contact Thomas Foley, WID’s Managing Director, at
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