Technology is playing an ever increasing role in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) planning, response and recovery. Techbility has been working with a number of global leaders and international organizations on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) by ensuring the accessibility of communication, notification and early warning needs of persons with disabilities is met.
Techbility Founder and CEO - Aqeel Qureshi, has undertaken extensive research on products, services, and assistive technologies (AT) for persons with disabilities, in relation to emergency preparedness and Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR).
Techbility research and training services are available to a range of public and private sector stakeholders, including: Disaster Management Organizations/ Emergency Management Organizations (DMOs/EMOs), International and National Broadcast Organizations, and Organizations representing the community of persons with disabilities – as they all have a role to play in planning and preparing for natural and man-made disasters around the world.
Guideline on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Disabilities and Disaster
The Guideline addresses the provision of technical assistance for enhancing the capacity of end-to-end multi-hazard Early Warning Systems (EWS) for coastal hazards in the Asia Pacific Region, specifically in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Philippines.
The project was funded by UNESCAP and managed by the Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC). Techbility, under contract to The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), conducted research and provided editorial content on: accessible technologies relating to early warning systems, DRR and post-disaster situations; and emergency communication strategies and standard operating procedures for persons with disabilities as part of Disaster Management Organization emergency response plans.
Guideline on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Early Warning and Accessible Broadcasting
The project was funded by UNESCAP and managed by the Asia Broadcast Union (ABU). Techbility, under contract to The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), conducted research on: research on accessible technologies relating to broadcasting and early warning services (EWS) and post disaster situations; and on accessible broadcasting solutions for persons with disabilities.
Accessible Broadcasting and Disability-Inclusive DRR Training – ABU Members
Techbility completed a project in collaboration with the Asian Broadcast Union (ABU) to provide training to member organizations on the provision of accessible broadcasts, specifically in relation to emergency notifications and early warnings.