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The Impacts of Climate Change on Persons with Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Disability, Climate Change and Policy Studies
|Title:||The Impacts of Climate Change on Persons with Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Disability, Climate Change and Policy Studies|
|Authors:||Leong, Genesis M. K.|
|Author Affiliation:||Leong, Genesis M. K.: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Department of Urban and Regional Planning|
Climate Change Studies
|Publisher:||Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa|
|Abstract:||The overall intent of this study is to address the impacts and expected impacts of climate change and disasters on persons with disabilities (PWD), while exploring international policies for resilience initiatives. As a portion of the overall study, this paper was motivated by the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UN-HRC) (2019) resolution adoption on climate change and the rights of persons with disabilities, which urges governments to adopt a disability-inclusive approach when dealing with climate change strategies. The objective of this paper is to explore academia & research’s role in adaptive capacity approaches to adopting the UN-HRC resolution through a multidisciplinary intersection of disability, climate change and policy studies. The objective is supported by empirical research, theoretical models, and inclusive strategies aimed to improve the safety and quality of life for PWD. This paper’s scope is covered through the development of a resilience framework that includes vulnerability index: exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], 2008); and three sets of engagement: theory, application, and praxis (Cho, Crenshaw, & McCall, 2013). Ultimately, the paper’s proposed framework will present an evidence-based, disability-inclusive resilience approach to addressing climate change aimed to influence public perception and policy decision-making. This paper is a tool for disability, climate change, and policy studies academics/researchers, and government officials interested in academia & research’s contribution to resilience planning.|
|Rights:||Creative Commons License: CC-BY|
|Rights Holder:||Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa|
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PacRim 2020 Conference Proceedings|
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