New guidance will help humanitarian organisations include people with disabilities

Posted on: Thursday, 8th February, 2018
Rajesh, 27, with crutches, stands in front of corrugated iron shelter with his mother, who is smiling at him

New guidelines launched this week provide clear guidance and standards for organisations responding to crises to help them include older people and people with disabilities in their work.

The Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities were developed by the Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP), an initiative of the Age and Disability Consortium. The members of the consortium are CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International,International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK.

Humanitarian organisations are committed to providing assistance and protection to those who need it  without discrimination. Yet older people and people with disabilities are routinely excluded from humanitarian responses, despite being among the most vulnerable, and are even made more vulnerable through mainstream emergency responses. The Humanitarian Inclusion Standards seek to equip the field staff and policy makers of humanitarian organisations with clear minimum requirements and ways to overcome barriers which face people with disabilities and older people.

The standards will be officially launched in the UK, the US and Pakistan in March.

Read more and download the Humanitarian Standards for Older People and People with Disabilities.

Read more about CBM’s disability-inclusive emergency response work

Image: Rajesh, 27, who has a physical disability, and his mother outside their shelter, Nepal. The family's home was destroyed  by the earthquake in April 2015. © CBM 2015

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