This is a fascinating topic for a number of reasons. First, as the article points out, "According to one study, the total disposable income of the community tops $8 trillion per year. For context, that makes the community third-largest in the world in terms of purchasing power, after the US and China."
So not only does this unique community of people have a robust economic power, but also in stark contrast are often the most vulnerable in times of conflict, crisis, or disaster. That in itself presents a whole unique set of challenges for the international community with regards to the mass movement of populations.
Then we fast forward to recovery from disaster, conflict, or crisis and do we actually work to resolve any of the previous unfavorable conditions? We know what should be done, and we've agreed collectively with United Nations Resolutions regarding disabilities, but knowing and doing are two different things.
Articles like this highlight that we may have been viewing this community in the wrong way, and we should be empowering them during the recovery process. I've just added this to my list of upcoming webinars to host as it's a great topic to discuss. Thoughts?