Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies
      CRSCAD Newsletter
      May 2010
Katrina.pic.1Dear Partners, Friends and Colleagues,

I am completely delighted to report that our April 9th International Workshop on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities in Haiti after the cameras have gone was very successful, by all accounts.  We had over 150 participants from across the United States and several countries; and, all the presentations were of exceedingly high academic and professional quality.  

CRSCAD is pleased to note that the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recently issued a statement which called on the Haitian government as well as other humanitarian organizations to give "the disabled, elderly and other vulnerable groups such as women and children ...preferential access to food distribution and proper sanitation facilities" and to take "all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, and natural disaster..."

On our part, CRSCAD will organize an international conference from July 12-15, 2010 on Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled People after Disasters. It will address the following main issues, amongst others: The promotion of human dignity in the creation of sustainable environments that empower the elderly and disabled people in the aftermath of disasters; the role of women with disabilities in the formulation and implementation of reconstruction policies after disasters; and, the participation of children with disabilities in the development and execution of post-disaster plans and programs.

I hope that you would be able to join us at the conference.

I thank you.

Adenrele Awotona
Founding Director & Professor
Outline of Agenda
July 12:
3pm to 5pm -  Registration

July 13 and 14:
8:30am to 5:30pm - Keynote speakers and panel presenters

July 15:
9:00am to 12 noon -  Final plenary session - synthesis of conference outcomes and policy recommendations
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Dear Friends,Katrina.pic.1

We strive to produce solutions for disaster afflicted communities to rebuild, prosper, and grow sustainably.

I invite you to share your findings, publications and other work with us. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Brunson
Research Assistant               
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)

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FEMA's Jack Sullivan,
Prof. Marc Prou,
Prof. Adenrele Awotona,
Vice Chancellor Pactrick Day and Assistant Prof. Enrique Silva

Haiti Workshop Participants
Chantal Healey
Professor William Siembieda

UMass Graduate Students
Darren Ruch, Robin Lush
and Cameron Pond

Conference attended by
Professor Adenrele Awotona:
April 2010
The primary purpose of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) is to work in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the United States of America and in all the continents of the world in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters. Read more here...

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