Disaster Risk Reduction for Children with a Disability. Strengthening the capacities and decreasing the vulnerabilities of a marginalized group in the face of disaster

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The social exclusion of marginalized groups manifests itself also during disasters. Through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), people will become less susceptible to the effects of disasters. This research looks into the abilities of local disability organizations and of households that include children with a disability to respond to disasters by implementing DRR. This has been done through a narrative case study in the form of this single embedded case-study with two sub-units of analysis. The data has been gathered through semi-structured interviews based on topics derived from a literature review. The results show that each of the local disability organizations and households responds differently to disasters. They are all doing their utmost with the options available to them and they also see the greater benefit of incorporating additional DRR initiatives. However, before this is possible, the general DRR activities need to be successfully in place. As the researcher has chosen the topics, and these topics are used for the data analysis, the choices made have a considerable impact on the research. Other constraints were caused by (primarily) formulating topics from a capacity point of view and language. Further research should focus on realizing more capacities for children with disabilities.
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