Commentary: Disability and climate change—impact on health and survival

This article discusses how climate change affects people with disabilities. Each of these consequences must be addressed.

Mention “climate change and disability” and many are puzzled — but that lasts only a few sentences into further explanation.

Comprising a significant 10 percent to 15 percent of the global population, people with disabilities are uniquely affected by climate change. This population includes a wide array of mobility, sensory (visual, hearing), developmental, intellectual and emotional impairments, as well as chronic health conditions.

Many individuals have multiple disabilities and may experience social or medical factors differently depending on their race, gender, culture, language (including sign language for deaf people), nationality, geography and other factors. Each of these sub-populations are complexly impacted with respect to health and requirements for assistance for survival.

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