Ready To Roll Survey: Wheelchair users readiness for emergencies and opinions of a proposed Disabled Persons Emergency Response Register



The aim of this research is to find out how ready for emergencies wheelchair users are and what they think about the concept of a Disabled Persons Emergency Response Register which could be used for planning and response to emergencies.


A nationwide survey of manual wheelchair users recruited from Disability Organisations and via health professionals.

The survey is now closed.  If you were one of the many who participated, we thank you for your contribution.  You can read the survey participant information sheet HERE.

Status of Research



Read a summary of the results HERE.

Dunn, J. A., Nicholls, J. M., Snell, D. L., & Nunnerley, J. L. (2017). New Zealand wheelchair users’ preparedness for emergencies. Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies, 21(1), 3-18. Retrieved from

Key Contact

Jason Nicholls,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living.

Researchers and Collaborators

Dr Jennifer Dunn,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Dr Deborah Snell,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living.