Disability-Inclusive Readiness & Risk Reduction in Crises and Threats

An IAAP Workshop

Thursday, October 17, 2024 (Studio B)

  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am: Check-In
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: Workshop
Marcie Roth

Marcie Roth
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
World Institute on Disability (WID)

Dawn Skaggs

Dawn Skaggs
Chief Program Officer
World Institute on Disability (WID)

Disasters and crises of all types and sizes disproportionately impact people with disabilities. Emergency response, humanitarian aid, public health, and other systems of support in disasters are inherently and systemically inaccessible, contributing to this disparity. Using accessible technology, principles of inclusion, and the expertise of Disability-Led Organizations (DLOs) to craft effective emergency preparedness and resilience policies and practices are essential to preserving the life and independence of the world’s 1.3 billion disabled people before, during, and after crises and disasters. 

Effective emergency preparedness and resilience go far beyond creating a kit or hosting a fire drill and include the strategic use of technology and human resources, flexible problem solving, inclusive risk reduction, and intentional development of compatible networked plans for individuals, households, businesses, corporations, and governments. Disability Inclusive Readiness and Risk Reduction in Crises and Threats (DIRRECT) will explore the essential components of disability-inclusive and accessible emergency preparedness, continuity/resumption of operations, and workplace and community resilience planning, the roles and responsibilities of public, private, and personal actors, and recommended considerations for integrating, applying, assessing and improving preparedness and resilience plans.