As a DeafBlind survivor of hurricanes, I know first hand the challenges of living through and recovering from a natural disaster. I grew up in Louisiana, where you are taught at a young age how to prepare for hurricanes – you place tape in an “X” shape over windows, put up plywood, and stack up the sandbags. You make sure you have non-perishables, water, batteries, and flashlights. But I was never taught how to prepare for a hurricane if you have a disability.
“We have to really challenge ourselves as donors and as actors in the field to set targets and prioritize work advancing the rights of women with disabilities.” – Catherine Hyde Townsend