The National Council on Disability (NCD) has announced the applications for Environmental Injustice and Impact of Extreme Weather Events on People with Disabilities.
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. This report should 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. This report will 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. The report will also look at the higher prevalence of emergency evacuations, power outages, and their impact on people with disabilities.
- The report will gather data and evidence to identify the specific issues people with disabilities encounter due to the impact of the increased frequency of extreme weather events and economic injustice. Specifically, the impact, on a person with a disability’s health, access to food, housing, water and sanitation, education, access to the community, and employment. This report will offer recommendations on how to mitigate the impact of the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice on persons with disabilities. This report will discuss the intersectionality of disability and how the individual’s specific intersectionality impacts their ability to mitigate and access resources to mitigate the impact of environmental injustice or the increased frequency of extreme weather events.
- Time Period: 8 months
- NCD expects to make one award with an anticipated funding amount of $ 185,000.
Through the lens of disability right laws, the research will seek to answer:
- How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted the health and access to health care for people with disabilities?
- How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted persons with a disability access to their community?
- How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted housing options for people with disabilities?
- How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted or exacerbate job opportunities for people with disabilities?
- How has the increased frequency of extreme weather events and environmental injustice impacted access to food, fresh water, and sanitation for people with disabilities?
- What actions can be taken to mitigate the findings garnered from the research of this report?
The deliverable for this project will include:
- A detailed preliminary framing paper.
- A revised framing paper incorporating input from NCD Council members and staff.
- A first draft report incorporating initial findings, conclusions, and recommendations that can be drawn from the examination.
- A final report of no more than 100 pages (not including endnotes or appendices) incorporating input from NCD Council members and staff. The final report must contain an executive summary with key findings and key recommendations; and specific sections on methodology; all findings; and all recommendations, organized according to the entity to which they are directed.
- NCD will only consider proposals from individuals or entries based in the United States.
- Any methodology used to obtain stakeholder input must allow for open-ended discussions between stakeholders, as opposed to soliciting answers to specific, predetermined questions. The inclusion of people with disabilities must be integral to the planning, development, and execution of this project. The report should also reflect NCD’s view that the disability community is heterogeneous, with diverse needs and perspectives, and these perspectives should be included.
- The awardee is 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. If NCD hosts any events related to this project, it will be responsible for providing accommodations.
- All potential applicants are eligible to apply.
- Cost-sharing is not required.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335967