Officials said the fire broke out at 6:30am (local time) at the house in Wintzenheim, near the German border, and firefighters quickly put it out. “We think we have located the 11 bodies,” a firefighter told Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne as she visited the site of the incident. Eight bodies have been found and three more were thought to have been located under the rubble.
Persons with disabilities in situations of risk: A scoping study on Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This scoping report provides insights on how strengthening the connection between disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) could reinforce efforts to enhance the protection of persons with disabilities in disaster risk situations.
“Most of the changes we need to make to be safe during a pandemic were already part of my day-to-day life. I realized how much wisdom, skill, and resourcefulness I had gained because of my disability long before the pandemic. As a disabled person, I already had the skills, the mindset, and the knowledge to survive this.
When COVID-19 arrived on Australian shores in 2019, people with disability knew that they would be adversely affected. But their very real concerns were ignored which heightened the level of fear and sense of helplessness. From the outset, governments and service providers failed to consider what might be needed to keep people with disability safe. In frustration, disability peak bodies joined together to endorse an Open Letter to the National Cabinet outlining what immediate action was required. We’re now nearly 3 years on and so many issues raised have only been tinkered with at the edges. In this session, Disability Advocate El Gibbs facilitates a panel discussion with sector leaders.
But while race and income have been commonly used as factors in predicting climate change vulnerability, there is another specific form of risk that’s vital to recognize, too: that of disabled people.
‘I’ve got nothing’: inquiry hears of lack of suitable housing for people with disabilities after flood
Sometimes it meant “14 days without a shower”, Colin said. “I‘ve got no support, I’ve got nothing. I’ve got no way of cooking food, there is no fridge … [The] bathroom I can’t use,” he said.
Many have admitted the pandemic impacted their wellbeing and financial capabilities. Already present with disadvantages, people living with disability face even more restrictions during this period.
People with disability and their caregivers experienced profound impact and systemic neglect during and after the 2017 Northern Rivers floods, with many still unable to access stable housing, and at relatively high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) six months later, finds a University of Sydney study.
Ms Cox says the world continues to collectively experience a global situation of risk, the pandemic continues, armed conflicts, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters continue to happen. ‘Despite these events, state parties and governments have so much more to do to ensure the protection and safety of disabled people.
“People have experienced a lot of fear, illness, isolation and neglect,” explained Dominic Golding, policy officer at National Ethnic Disability Alliance. “COVID has had a really big impact on where we feel secure and safe.”
The Provider Choice research report, COVID-19 and the NDIS, found that for many participants, digital delivery of services was inadequate during the pandemic, and face-to-face was preferred, in a finding that has implications for how people with disability recover now.
For people living with disability, the need is greater to plan, act early and be prepared for an emergency. Standing for Emergency Management Backpack Evacuation Resource, EMBER comprises resources and helpful content including emergency backpacks designed to support individuals living with disability gain confidence in what to do when there is an emergency. Australian native characters are used as calming narrators and guides on the planning process through animations and storytelling. Easy English and Braille checklists and information is also available. In addition, The communication board app supports people with no speech as well as offering tools for emergency personnel to help communicate with non-verbal individuals during an emergency.
Disabled activists in Ukraine have been kidnapped and killed, residential institutions have been shelled, and Deaf people have been unable to escape to shelters because they cannot hear the air raid warnings, a conference has heard.
After being evicted from her short-term accommodation to make way for tourists, flood victim Margaret was left with nowhere else to go. “I would have been homeless, living out of my car with two dogs,” the 79-year-old said. After panicking all afternoon about where she would end up, Margaret, who asked that her surname not … Continued
A coalition of 40 disability rights and advocacy organisations has endorsed an open letter to politicians running in the 2022 election, that demands a new approach to ensuring better safety and wellbeing for people living with a disability during natural disasters.