Persons with disabilities are more likely to be badly affected by disasters and be left behind in their wake. Mainstreaming inclusive responses is crucial to ensuring that disaster preparedness and responses ensure safety, security and rights for all. In this episode, David Sanderson is joined by Rosemary Kayess (UNSW), Michelle Villeneuve (USYD) and Jackie Leach Scully (UNSW) to explore how we can create disability inclusive responses.

About the guests:

Rosemary Kayess is a human rights lawyer in the Faculty of Law UNSW. Rosemary is Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was awarded the Human Rights Medal for her lifetime of work advocating for disability rights.

Jackie Leach Scully is an internationally recognised bioethicist specialising in disability and feminist bioethics. She is currently Professor of Bioethics and Director of the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute at UNSW.

Michelle Villeneuve leads the Disability-Inclusive Community Development research workstream at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at The University of Sydney, and is an Activity Lead at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Strengthening Rehabilitation Capacity in Health Systems.

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