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Disability and disaster: an overview

Alexander, DE; (2015) Disability and disaster: an overview. In: Kelman, I and Stough, L, (eds.) Disability and Disaster: Explorations and Exchanges. (pp. 15-29). Palgrave Macmillan UK: Basingstoke, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In most countries, people with disabilities make up between 10 and 20 percent of the population; depending on how disability is classified (WHO, 2011), statistics show 7–10 percent of the world’s population as having disabilities, but it is likely that many remain uncounted, especially among the elderly. In emergencies, people with disabilities may encounter physical barriers, obstacles to communication, and other barriers to accessing essential services. Hence, they may easily suffer greater discrimination, as well as lower levels of protection against disaster, than those offered to people without disabilities.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Disability and disaster: an overview
ISBN-13: 9781349695164
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/9781137486004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137486004
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Ilan Kelman and Laura M. Stough, 2015. First published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1425668
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