Climate change is increasing the rate and severity of emergency events globally which is having disproportionate impacts on the most marginalised community members, including people with intellectual disability. In an emergency many people with intellectual disability do not have access to the information they need, in formats they understand, to utilise vital services and survive. Concurrently social media has become a vital tool for sharing information and building connections for people with and without disability. This research aims to build a better understanding of how people with intellectual disability engage with social media in an emergency to identify gaps in response efforts and improve emergency messaging.
Peart, Heidi; Chang, Shanton; Gooding, Piers; Davidson, Jennifer; and Paterson, Jeannie, "Strengthening Connection for People with Intellectual Disability in Emergencies: Social Media and Access to Essential Information" (2022). ACIS 2022 Proceedings. 34.