International Day of People with Disability: Working towards an accessible emergency sector for all

The effects of emergencies disproportionately impact people living with disabilities.

However, disability does not equate to vulnerability.

You are invited to join this free, online event on 1 December to find out how emergency management sector members (for example, those involved in response/recovery, community engagement, communications and public information) can assist in reducing the impacts of emergencies on people living with disability.

By improving the way we communicate and engage with people living with disability, we can reduce barriers to access, enabling better preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies.

Inspector-General Tony Pearce will host this event in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability (External link) on 3 December, joined by panellists including:

  • Nazim Erdem - Practice Leader, AQA Victoria
  • Shanleigh Meldrum - Section Leader: Events & Presentations, VICSES Gisborne Unit
  • Jim Mullan - CEO, AMAZE
  • Maurice Gleeson - President, Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria

The panellists will share their insights from their life experiences about:

  • barriers experienced when trying to access emergency information and community information sessions
  • good practice for effective engagement and partnership with people living with disability
  • good practice to improve access to emergency information and community events and engagements.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Colleen Furlanetto OAM, Ambulance Victoria Board Member, CFA Volunteer and VICSES Associate member, and Former Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria Disability Commissioner.

As a sector, we can improve disability-inclusive practice and strength-based approaches to meet the needs of those who can be most vulnerable to the impacts of emergencies.

Find out more about the event and register through (External link)

For accessibility, Auslan interpreters will be arranged, and the event is being hosting based on the Disability Advocacy Resource Units guide for inclusive online meetings. Other reasonable accommodations can be arranged by emailing (External link) or calling 03 9136 2214.

A group of personnel at an incident control centre
Hume-Ovens Incident Control Centre personnel / Image courtesy DELWP