GADRA + Gallaudet Present: Deaf-Led Disaster Resilience

The Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA) and Gallaudet University invite you to an upcoming three-part event series: Deaf-Led Disaster Resilience.

Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction is a growing field of practice, yet deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, and deaf-disabled people have been widely marginalized from everyday disaster communication, as well as disaster management training and leadership roles. GADRA and Gallaudet University are partnering on an event series to draw attention to, and open a set of conversations about, deaf people and disasters. The series includes a webinar on disaster action by deaf-led organizations, an expert panel on deaf leadership in international disaster policy, and interviews with deaf youth leaders about disaster action. Data, ideas, and experiences shared during the three events will be used to inform future initiatives and response efforts.

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Kicking off on September 24, the Deaf-Led Disaster Action webinar will spotlight Deaf-led organizations in Japan, Trinidad & Tobago, and Viet Nam to raise awareness about disaster impacts in those countries and the strategies used to advance disaster action.

On October 29, GADRA and Gallaudet will hold a panel: Deaf Leadership in International Disaster Policy, centering on ways that policy can be improved to advance Deaf leadership in disaster management, including the infrastructures and funding mechanisms needed to support implementation.

The series will culminate in a podcast premiering in November: Deaf Youth Disaster Experiences & Action, where Deaf youth from Gallaudet University will share their experiences. 

Japanese Sign Language, Trinidad & Tobago Sign Language, Hồ Chí Minh SL, and International Sign will be provided.

Stay tuned for more information and a link to register for each event!

Learn more about each event

Follow the links to learn more and register for each of the Deaf-Led Disaster Resilience events:

Deaf-Led Disaster Action webinar, September 24, 2021

Deaf Leadership in International Disaster Policy webinar, October 29, 2021

Deaf Youth Disaster Experiences & Action podcast, November 2021 [Link coming soon]


GADRA is a collaboration between disability-led organizations, foundations, corporations, and other allies to identify local disability-led organizations and their disaster-impacted communities, then link partners to accelerate assistance and resources, both during and after disasters.

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