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An Assessment of Policies Guiding School Emergency Disaster Management for Students With Disabilities in Australia

Boon, Helen Joanna, Pagliano, Paul;, Brown, Lawrence, Tsey, Komla,

Academic Literature

2012

This study investigated the presence and extent of governmental policies and guidelines underpinning disaster management in schools in Australia with respect to meeting needs of vulnerable students with disabilities.

The study's results indicate that insufficient consideration has been given to the emergency preparedness planning and management with respect to meeting needs of vulnerable students with disabilities. The findings suggest that disaster preparedness is under-resourced and possibly neglected. The authors conclude that processes already embedded in local schools for students with disabilities may be possible vehicles to appropriate statewide emergency management planning. They recommend that education authorities worldwide review current emergency management policies in a consultative manner with schools, researchers, first responders, and carers so as to minimize risk for students with disabilities in natural disaster emergencies.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

Location : International

Domain/s: Education, Safety and security

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