Resources

Living with a disability during the pandemic

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.

Ballina Advocate for People with Disability speaks to the United Nations in New York

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.

Disability community demands inclusive plan for COVID future

“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.”

Disability services not always suited to digital, report reveals

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.

EMBER app to help you in an emergency

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.

Protecting most vulnerable in climate emergencies

In climate disasters, research shows people with disabilities are four times more likely to die. The vulnerability of such community members was discussed at a recent disability and climate change workshop held by council. Disability advocates Lefa Singleton Norton, Jax Brown and Heather Lawson proposed solutions to better include people with a disability in the discussion around climate adaptation.

Disability sector demands inclusive disaster preparedness

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.

Who’s who and what do they do? Recovering from disasters and emergencies

This user-friendly guide identifies key disaster recovery stakeholders and outlines their roles and responsibilities. There are also useful tools, links and resources to help organisations navigate their recovery journey by exploring collaborative opportunities and contributing to local processes.