The number of people with disability is estimated at between 15% and 20% of the world's population. Disability is integral to the human condition. The majority of us will live with disability during our lifetimes. This might be temporarily from illness or accident or simply from living longer.
In times of disaster people with disability are at significant risk. This risk is increased through limited access to information and services that many of us take for granted.
The link between disability and poverty is also clear. Poverty increases the chances of disability and having a disability increases the chances of living in poverty. Poverty further increases risk of injury, loss and death.
Photo: Flood evacuation in Vietnam
The crosscutting nature of disability increases risk across all society.
This includes those already at high risk. Consider, for example, a woman or child with disability.
Despite our collective concern with risk within disaster risk reduction (DRR), the fact remains that children, women and men with disability have been largely excluded to date.