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18:00 - 20:30 12 March 2014

Disability and disasters


106 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr. David Alexander, Professor, UCL IRDR
Dr. Ilan Kelman, Reader, UCL IRDR
Maria Ken, Deputy Director, Leonard Cheshire Centre at UCL
Silvio Sagramola, Luxembourg and European Union
Mechthilde Fuehrer, Council of Europe, Paris

In very many cases, the needs of people with disabilities are neglected in arrangements for managing emergencies & reducing the impacts of disaster. People with disabilities constitute about 15 per cent of the world population, and one in four families includes such a person. We are striving to move towards a fairer, more inclusive society and that must be one in which people with disabilities benefit from as much safety and resilience as the rest of society. Disasters should not be situations in which discrimination is tolerated, or in which the principles of 'design for all' are abandoned.

To achieve good disaster risk reduction and emergency response it is essential to improve the understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and ensure that provision is made to ensure that they do not suffer discrimination and disadvantage relative to the rest of the population. For many civil protection and emergency response organisations, this requires fundamental changes in the way


Ambreen Ismail
+44 (0)20 3108 1101 | ambreen.ismail@ucl.ac.uk


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