IDPP to Showcase Disaster Risk Reduction Work at UMD Disability Summit


IDPP Executive Dr. Derrick Cogburn will be presenting on IDPP’s contributions to disaster risk reduction related to persons with disabilities at the 3rd Biennial University of Maryland (UMD) Disability Summit.

  • Date: Friday, April 5, 2019

  • Time: 8:00am to 6:00pm, EST (specific presentation time to be announced soon)

  • Location: Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at College Park (3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783)

  • Cost: Free

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Lazar (Professor, UMD College of Information Studies)

  • Social Media: #DisabilityUMD and #2019DisabilitySummit

Established in 2016, the serves as a forum for professionals, educators, academics, service providers, and advocated focused on disability issues. This year’s summit highlights the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the future of disability rights.

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About the Talk

Climate change has wrought new challenges in the form of frequent disasters. While the response to disaster have sped over recent times, their inclusivity has remained relatively narrow.

In the face of increasing disasters, from Hurricane Harvey to Michael, accessibility to vulnerable communities including the aged and persons with disabilities has been scant.

In response to these disasters, there has been a growing movement to “Build Back Better” – in aspects of recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. In other words, to build back damaged communities in a way where there is equitable access to all peoples, especially persons with disabilities.

This presentation seeks to shed light on IDPP’s role in contributing to this cause. IDPP partnered with PAHO-WHO to help launch Disability Inclusion in Hospital Disaster Risk Management (INGRID-H), a methodology whose implementation is aimed at reducing disaster risk to persons with disabilities.

The presentation will also highlight how these studies have manifested in to action among the real world and establish that the role of assistive technology to the success of initiatives that seek to reduce disaster risk.