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Disability and disaster recovery: a tale of two cities?

Priestley, M. and Hemingway, L. (2007) Disability and disaster recovery: a tale of two cities? Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 5 (3-4). pp. 23-42. ISSN 1536-710X

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This paper examines the connections between disability and disaster from a global perspective. Concepts from the research and policy literature are used to distinguish between individual and social models of disability, and between natural hazards and human disasters. These concepts are then employed to investigate data on the response to disabled people’s recovery needs in two recent case studies: the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. The analysis combines primary, secondary and tertiary sources to explore disability issues in the reconstruction of inclusive communities and the lessons that may be learned about disaster preparedness in poor communities. The conclusions suggest that more attention should be paid to social model approaches, particularly in understand global links with poverty, and that disabled people’s organisations should be resourced as agents of disaster recovery and preparedness.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in 'Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation'
Keywords: disaster planning, tsunami, hurricane Katrina
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Disability Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 09:33
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J198v05n03_02
Status: Published
Publisher: Haworth Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1300/J198v05n03_02
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1969

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