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Disability Justice in Disaster Response and Mitigation: Lessons from Ida

Uptown Campus

How do disabled communities navigate, survive & recover from natural disasters when existing systems & institutions reinforce ableist policies even under "normal" conditions? What wisdom can we learn from disabled communities about how we might create more accessible, holistic, trauma-informed responses to natural and manmade disasters in the future?


In this panel we will hear from disabled community members, advocates and organizers from the Greater New Orleans region. Panelists will reflect on the impacts of Hurricane Ida, the gaps in resources and accessibility for disabled communities, and the importance of centering the wisdom of disability justice organizers in building more just and inclusive responses to disaster. 


Featured Panelists:


Title Sponsors: Newcomb Art Museum


Supporting Partners: TIDES, Tulane Libraries, CACTUS, Newcomb Institute, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bywater Institute, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Newcomb Art Museum, Community Engagement Advocates, Taylor Center, Center for Public Service


Access and Accommodations: ASL Interpretation and live captioning will be available. Please contact Ben Brubaker (bbrubake@tulane.edu or 504-615-2844) for any additional access or accommodations questions. 


Support Disability Justice Organizers Impact by Ida:


All funds for this panel will support directly impacted disability justice organizers and advocates. To further support their work, and their personal recovery post-Ida, you can show financial solidarity for each panelist using the online links below:


Jocy Mondragon:


Ashley Volion:

  • Venmo: @Ashley-Volion
  • CashApp: $AshleyVolion
  • PayPal: amvolion(at)gmail.com


Rickii Ainey:

  • Venmo: @Rickii-Ainey
  • CashApp: $rickiilea
  • PayPal:  @RickiiA


Ashana Bigard:

  • Venmo: @ ashana-bigard
  • CashApp: $AshanaBigard
Center for Public Service

For more information on this event, please visit https://tulane.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7515171