Disability and Disasters Award

The newly established Disability and Disasters Award supports people with disabilities working in disasters, as well as those who care for, study, or advocate on behalf of those with disabilities. Award funds will allow the recipient to attend the annual Natural Hazards Workshop and the Researchers Meeting that follows.

People with disabilities have been identified as among the most vulnerable to disasters, however, research has shown that they also have tremendous capacity. This award will recognize those who advance and support the area of disability and disasters.

At least one award recipient each year will receive financial support to allow them to attend the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. The Workshop will be held virtually in 2021. The winner of this year's competition will have their fees waived to attend the virtual meeting. Travel and registration to attend the next in-person Workshop will be covered, as well. Recipients of this award will be recognized at the Workshop and will be asked to present a poster or to serve as panelists, where they can highlight their research and/or practical experiences with disability and disasters.


Eligibility and Application

Hazards practitioners, students, and researchers with a strong commitment to the intersection of disability and disaster management and mitigation are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside and be from an organization or academic institution based in the United States. The application deadline is March 15, 2021.

For questions regarding the award, please email the committee co-chairs Heather Champeau at heather.champeau@colorado.edu and Candace Evans at candace.evans@colorado.edu.


Special Thanks

The Disability and Disasters Award fund is possible thanks to the generous contribution of an anonymous donor. If you would like to make a contribution to this fund, please contact Lori Peek at lori.peek@colorado.edu or make a donation through the CU Foundation site by clicking on the link below.