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IDRC 2014 Poster

 Human Preparedness and Response to Risk : Compensating for Sensory Disabilities 

Sullivan & Sahasrabudhe Poster Presentation at IDRC 2014

Abstract: Disasters are a challenge of greater magnitude to people with disabilities than to the general population. How to encourage self-reliance for individuals with sensory disabilities through encouraging a mind-set of preparedness is the focus of this poster. Preparedness is an essential component in the face of a wide range of moderate to extreme challenges. The probability of successfully surviving a disaster can be increased through a variety of preparedness actions. Critical factors include familiarity with the surroundings, knowing evacuation routes, and safety points, as well as an ability to use a mobile phone to it’s full extent as a source of information before, during and after a disaster and an aid during the disaster.

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Further Information

American Foundation for the Blind Guide to Emergency Preparedness:

National Association of the Deaf Guide on Emergency Preparedness:

National Organization on Disability Guide on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities:

Georgia Tech Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Project of Emergency Communications:


Kane, S. K., Jayant, C., Wobbrock, J. O., & Ladner, R. E. (2009, October). Freedom to roam: a study of mobile device adoption and accessibility for people with visual and motor disabilities. In Proceedings of the 11th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility(pp. 115-122). ACM.

Sullivan, H. T., Hakkinen, M. T., & DeBlois, K. (2010). Communicating critical information using mobile phones to populations with special needs. International journal of emergency management7(1), 6-16.

World Health Organization. (2011). World report on disability 2011.