Disability inclusion in shelter and settlements programming

Millions of people lose their homes due to disasters and conflict every year. Affected individuals, households and communities face the challenge of rebuilding their lives in the same location or in new locations where they seek safety, security and opportunity. An estimated 15% of any population will have a disability,1 with potentially higher proportions among populations affected by crisis and conflict, due to new injuries and impairments.2 These individuals and their families face a range of barriers in accessing appropriate, safe and dignified shelter services and assistance in a humanitarian crisis. This reduces their access to opportunities and resources and adds to their vulnerability to protection concerns.Shelter and settlement actors perceive the biggest barriers to inclusion are the attitudes of family and community members, and not being linked to community decision making processes, particularly for women and girls with disabilities.