Dear Mr Margaa Khalid,
Thank you for your question. I would suggest two ideas for the capacity building of your colleagues of urban planification in terms of Disability Inclusive DRR. One is to learn from experiences of other countries and the other is to establish the partnership with the government office in charge of Disability and Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) in Morocco.
There are examples of efforts to promote disability inclusive DRR in various countries such as India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Japan and so on. Although it is hard to get full information from the resources posted on the following Web, your colleagues would be able to get the sense of disability inclusion.
Asia Pacific Meeting on Disability Inclusive DRR, containing PowerPoint presentations of India, Indonesia, Pakistan, etc.
Ecuadorian Video of Disability Inclusive DRR
Webiner of FEMA, USA. This is just an example, because I am not sure whether non US individual/organization can join or not.
Most importantly, I would strongly recommend your colleagues to participate 3WCDRR and join events related to Disability Inclusion. There are many sessions and events related to disability inclusion at 3WCDRR. For example, the working Session titled “Proactive Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction for All” is the most directly relevant to disability inclusion. At the session, your colleagues can exchange the ideas and strengthen your networks with international peers who are enthusiastically working on disability inclusion.
The other point is to establish the partnership with DPOs in Morocco because persons with disabilities know best about their need and capabilities and therefore they should be involved in all phase of DRR in order to reflect their perspectives. Often, there is no linkage between DRR and Disability, but the effective DRR can’t be achieved without DRR experts and persons with disabilities working together. Through working together with persons with disabilities, your colleague can learn a lot, perhaps more than attending a seminar or a workshop.
In order to involve persons with disabilities in urban planification in terms of DRR, I would recommend your colleagues consult with the government office in charge of Disability and contact Moroccan DPOs through them. The first step is to get to know each other. When your colleagues have a meeting with DPOs, accessibility should be considered because wheel chair users can’t access the room with steps, blind people can’t read printed materials and Deaf people need sign language interpretation to communicate with hearing people, for example. But, your colleagues don’t need to worry too much about it because DPOs at the national level usually know well about how to deal with accessibility issues.
We hope to meet you and your colleagues in Sendai, Japan in March 2015.