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ADA National Network Learning Session: Geographic Differences in Disaster Risk Vulnerability for People with Disabilities in the U.S.: A Look at Data and Mapping

November 10, 2022

Register here to attend this webinar.

This webinar will highlight findings from a set of research projects examining geographic differences in natural disasters risk for people with disabilities across the United States. The webinar will share community-level data on disability and natural disaster risk, as well as showcase a series of interactive maps that can be accessed by users. We will highlight differences in demographic characteristics of people with disabilities including race/ethnicity, gender, and impairment type. We will discuss the potential implications of this research to individuals with disabilities and their families, as local emergency management agencies, and policymakers and stakeholders across the country.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to access data about disability and natural disasters for one's local community, and understand the advantages and limitations of these data.
  • Understand how natural disaster risk for people with disabilities differs across U.S. communities, and also by demographic characteristics and differences in types of disability.
  • Learn about research methods used to analyze and better understand disaster risk for people with disabilities.


Amal Harrati Ph.D., is a policy researcher at Mathematica whose research focuses on improving the economic and social well-being of people with disabilities. Dr. Harrati specializes in analyzing and informing a wide range of disability-related policies and programs, and is particularly passionate about studying the effects of climate change and natural disasters on people with disabilities. Dr. Harrati's research has been funded by the Social Security Administration, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the National Institute of Health.