Scientists have predicted for years that a global pandemic was inevitable. They warned that we were not prepared and that we needed to take steps to mitigate the impact. Unfortunately, their warnings went unheeded and we are now facing the dire consequences. One of the groups that has been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic is individuals with disabilities and their families. They are frequently pushed to the bottom of the priority list when it comes to receiving services and support during times of crisis.
'Coping and Thriving during the Global Disasters' book seeks to change that by raising awareness of their challenges and showcasing the efforts to help them in countries worldwide.
Let's learn from the wisdom provided by these individuals to prepare communities around the world to effectively act to support vulnerable individuals and their families during times of crisis, preventing them from being ignored or left behind.
About the Editors
Dr. Pavan John Antony is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University. He earned his doctorate degree from Washington State University (WSU) and has been teaching at Adelphi University for the past thirteen years. He has been actively involved in national and international research focused on issues related to disability, inclusion, transition college education for students with disabilities, cross cultural issues of families raising children with disabilities in India and the U.S to name a few. He has published three books, co-authored book chapters and is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals. The first book he published regarding experiences of Indian families raising children with disabilities was selected as the 19th volume, a series of studies inclusive education by University of London, UK. Dr. Antony has developed study abroad programs and led small groups of students to India in 2012 and Paris in 2015. Dr. Antony continues to present his research in national and international conferences and serves on the board of several organisations and journals.
Dr. Stephen Shore is an Associate Clinical Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University. He has written books including: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell, and Beyond the Wall. A current board member of Autism Speaks and one of the first two autistic board members in its history, he focuses on making fulfilling and productive lives for autistic individuals the rule rather than the exception. He is also president emeritus of the Asperger/Autism Network and was on the board of the Autism Society of America.