Disability inclusion and capacity building for emergencies

Disability can add complexity during emergencies. This is not just because of disability related factors but because emergencies magnify how society positions people with disabilities as, at best, marginal and inessential and, at worst, expendable.

This project will work with people with disabilities in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven to understand how their experiences during the global COVID-19 pandemic and the local 2019-2020 bushfire emergencies can be placed at the heart of community preparedness and recovery, and improve disaster responses.

Co-researchers with disabilities will work with an interdisciplinary team to build long-term partnerships with disability service providers in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven. These partnerships aim to understand and promote the perspectives of people with disabilities and their capacities and support needs during emergencies.



Louisa Smith, Cristina Thompson (BAL), Kate Williams (BAL), Shawn Burns (ASSH). External partners: Ed Birt (Disability Trust), Roy Rogers (Flagstaff Group), Karen Burnett (CRAM Foundation).


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 1: No Poverty    Goal 2: Zero Hunger    Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing   Goal 10: Reduced inequalities   Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.    Goal 13: Climate action     Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals