Environmental injustice occurs when minority groups and / or people living in poverty are excluded from environmental decision-making or are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards.
People with disabilities represent 15% of the world’s population and as the increased frequency of extreme weather events and other environmental issues increase, the disability community disproportionately absorbs the impact. According to a 2020 United Nations report, people with disabilities are at increased risk of the adverse impacts of climate change, including threats to their health, food security, water, sanitation and, livelihoods.
Sudden onset of natural disasters and slow onset events can seriously affect a person with a disability’s access to food and nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation, healthcare services and medicines, education and training, adequate housing, and employment.
The Purpose of this report is to identify how the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacts people with disabilities in the United States and in its territories.
The report should:
• identify the primary issues people with disabilities encounter because of the increased prevalence of natural disasters and environmental change;
• also address how environmental injustice has a greater impact on people of color and indigenous tribes leading to an increased prevalence of disability in their community, further complicating these targeted population’s ability to mitigate the impact of increasing and extreme natural disasters:
• address the impact of the increased frequency of extreme weather events on a person with a disability’s health and access to healthcare, community, housing, employment, and education;
• also look at the higher prevalence of emergency evacuations, power outages, and their impact on people with disabilities.
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The National Council on Disability (NCD) will only consider proposals:
1. from individuals or entries based in the United States;
2. with any methodology used (to obtain stakeholder input) allowing for open-ended discussions between stakeholders - as opposed to soliciting answers to specific, predetermined questions;
3. with the inclusion of people with disabilities being integral to the planning, development, and execution of this project;
4. reflecting the NCD’s view that the disability community is heterogeneous, with diverse needs and perspectives, and these perspectives should be included;
5. with the awardee being responsible for reasonable accommodations at any meetings, events, forums, focus groups, etc. (ie, sign language interpreters, CART reporters, and other providers as well as documents or other materials that are made available in public forums), associated with this agreement.
Through the lens of disability right laws, the research will seek to answer:
a) How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted the health and access to health care for people with disabilities?
b) How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted persons with a disability access to their community?
c) How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted housing options for people with disabilities?
d) How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted or exacerbate job opportunities for people with disabilities?
e) How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted access to food, fresh water, and sanitation for people with disabilities?
f) What actions can be taken to mitigate the findings garnered from the research of this report?
Award Ceiling: USD$185,000.
Cost-sharing is not required.
Closing Date for Applications: November 08, 2021
For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335967