February 17, 2007

Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities

Katrina has been out of the news for a while. Here's a study funded by the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research "Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with Disabilities." Readers who plan to submit a presentation proposal for the Disabled Peoples International World Assembly on the UN Convention take note of this new resource if your topic is (F5) Roles of DPOs in Recovery Process on day three of the assembly.

New Findings: Assessing the Impact of Katrina on Persons with Disabilities

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to be able to share with you our recently completed
report, Assessing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Persons with
Disabilities at
http://www.rtcil.org/products/NIDRR_FinalKatrinaReport.pdf.

This research, funded by the National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research, represents the most recent in-depth
effort to understand how persons with disabilities prepared for,
reacted to, and recovered from the devastating impact of the storm
in portions of the Gulf Coast most affected. In addition, this
work sought to understand the roles and relationships that Centers
for Independent Living (CILs) played in all phases of the
disaster, with a special emphasis on their relationship to the
emergency management system.

Our findings, based upon extensive individual personal interviews
and focus groups, revealed three significant gaps in areas
affecting persons with disabilities
: ineffective pre-disaster
planning by CILs, persons with disabilities, and emergency
management; poorly developed pre- and post-disaster communication
and information sharing within and between these three entities;
and underdeveloped pre- and post-disaster coordination between
these three entities and other elements of support within
communities. Our recommendations build upon these findings. A
copy of the executive summary and full report are attached and can
also be downloaded from our Centers website at www.rtcil.org.

We hope that you find this work helpful and welcome any comments
or suggestions.

With best wishes,

Glen W. White, Ph.D. Michael H. Fox, Sc.D.
University of Kansas University of Kansas Medical Center

More information on disability and disaster relief:

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTSOCIALPROTECTION/EXTDISABILITY/0,,contentMDK:20319525~pagePK:210058~piPK:210062~theSitePK:282699,00.html

Posted by rollingrains at February 17, 2007 04:35 AM