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Communicating with People with a Disability Handbook

The Communicating with People with a Disability Handbook (2013) is under review and will be incorporated into the updated Community Engagement Communication and Inclusion for Disaster Resilience Handbook to be published in 2020.

AIDR is currently engaging stakeholders via the Community Engagement, Communication and Inclusion for Disaster Resilience Handbook survey. We invite your input in identifying areas of previous handbooks and manual editions that need to be updated, reorganised or revised to reflect current principles and practice.

Some people are more at risk when emergencies and disasters strike; some are frequently and mistakenly overlooked under current emergency management arrangements. Ensuring those persons most at risk become, and remain, an integral part of any emergency management arrangement requires a collaborative effort between emergency managers, service providers, carers and the community to address a myriad of complex issues in building safer and more resilient communities.

That said, people with disability are not always at risk or at greater risk in an emergency. If their impairment or limitation needs are met, they are not more disadvantaged. People with disability may be self-sufficient in their residence or community (neighbourhood or social community). However, the impacts of disabilities may be more pronounced in times of emergency if a person’s enablers (aids and equipment, personal care support, neighbourhood or social community) are unavailable.