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Water access, Water footprint, Ableism and Disabled people


This presentation will cover two areas namely the issues of visibility of disabled people in the water discourses and the utility of the fairly new measure of water footprint.

As to the disabled people theme of this talk:

60 million physically disabled people have difficulties related to water supply, use, and sanitation. However the access to clean water and sanitation and other water related problems disabled people face are not mentioned and dealt with in high level policy documents such as the three existing editions of the world water report, the memorandum for a World Water Protocol (MWWP) or the Human Development Report 2007/2008 ‘Fighting climate change: human solidarity in a divided world’ which covered water scarcity and floods although all of these documents mention other marginalized groups such as indigenous peoples, women in developing countries, the rural poor and their children, young people workers/peasants”, ‘the poor’, farmers and displaced people. This paper highlights the disabled people angle on clean water and sanitation access and other water related problems and offers an explanation for the invisibility of disabled people in the water discourse by analysing the water discourse through the lens of ableism.

As to the second part of the presentation:

According to the (Water Footprint Network 2010) “water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.” Water Footprint is an important tool for highlighting the link between desired abilities and water use. Living out one’s ability desires are often linked to the use of water. Question is which use of water can be considered necessary or justified and which can be considered wasteful. This presentation introduces how an ability and ableism studies, ethics, governance and foresight lens can help identifying what might be seen as waste of water use and why.

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Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Program in Community Rehabilitation and Disability

Tuesday, 03 August 2010
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 1-1
Li Ka Shing Building
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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