Emergency planning for students with disabilities: a survey of Australian schools

Boon, Helen, Brown, Lawrence, and Pagliano, Paul (2014) Emergency planning for students with disabilities: a survey of Australian schools. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 29 (1). pp. 45-49.

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Children with disabilities and special needs are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes. Schools can play an effective role in mitigating the effects of natural disasters on students and their families through disaster preparedness and community-based risk reduction. However, recent research indicates that insufficient consideration is being given to the needs of students with disabilities in disaster management plans and policies of Australian education departments. This study involved a postal survey of schools in Western Australia (n= 45) and South Australia (n=35) to review the emergency management policies and plans in place with respect to students with disabilities. The results indicated that most schools had disaster management plans but not all plans made provision for students with disabilities, although the results varied according to the disability and the disaster envisaged. Moreover, most schools were not represented at Local Disaster Management Groups. This paper advocates for better preparedness in schools to support their students with disabilities and their families during natural disasters.

Item ID: 33280
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1324-1540
Keywords: inclusion, disaster, emergency, school, climate change, disabilities
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Material in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license. For the avoidance of doubt, this means this licence only applies to material as set out in this document. Relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website.

Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 02:51
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 50%
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