CLIMATE CHANGE FORDING EMIGRATION IN CENTRAL AMERICA
It seems clear that climate is causing much of the migration from Central America into Mexico and then into the United States in recent years.
Climate is also responsible for temperature rise in the Sonoran desert, especially impacting the USA southern border state of Arizona and Mexican northern border states of Baja California and Sonora.
Children with disability, and children who become disabled by the trauma of migration, are thus impacted, with their lives disrupted and school attendance disrupted or eliminated. See graphs below, but these thoughts are just thrown together and need more careful wording, especially as to issues around walking and/or riding to school by children and youth with disabilities, which is a concern we are working on through a report on USA & Mexico border state school transportation issues.
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Tom Rickert is founder and Executive Director of Access Exchange International (AEI), a non-profit agency promoting accessible public transit for persons with disabilities and seniors in less-wealthy countries around the world. Prior to founding AEI, he was Manager of Accessible Services for San Francisco’s bus and light rail systems as well as coordinator of San Francisco’s door-to-door van and taxi services for disabled passengers.
Rickert is a member of the Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility of the USA’s Transportation Research Board and is Co-chair of its International Subcommittee. He is a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, to be held September 17-21, 2012, in New Delhi. You can contact him at [email protected]
* For an excellent bibliography of sources of information from many parts of the world reporting on accessibility of Bus Rapid transit Systems, click to http://www.globalride-sf.org/rnl.html#design