Stroke can precipitate changes in participation in daily life activities and roles. Older women with stroke have complex personal and situational contexts which increase their vulnerability every day and place them at higher risk during an emergency or community disaster, as they may be unable to access essential resources needed to protect themselves and participate in recovery activities. The proposed research employs a community-based approach and a gendered perspective to identify risk and capability among a specific group of Ontarians with disabilities: older women who have survived a stroke.