We collected some information about our members’ initiatives:
- APF France Handicap is sharing several news on the on the crisis on its website.
- APEMH is providing different services to persons with intellectual disabilities, has communicated which of their services are repoening.
- FIAPAS is sharing information on availability of hearing devices in Spain, in particular for the newborn, prepared a report that synthesizes information of interest in relation to cochlear implants and neonatal hearing screening programs, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and published a guide on how to talk to deaf children of Covid-19, also in English
- The Spanish Alzheimer’s Confederation (CEAFA) also opened a webpage to inform about COVID, with information, resources and good practices.
- Fundaçao LIGA suspended part of its activities, until 1 May, although collaborators are available and in permanent contact with the beneficiaries of the different services through techonlogy
- Familles de France published a dossier about disability, and together with the National Federation “Grandir Ensemble”, established a national platform for listening to, helping and supporting families with a child with a disabilities.
- Spina Bifida France is informing about the French governments initiatives towards persons with disabilities.
- UNAF France is also collecting resources on their website where you can find articles on young carers, on how to contact family members quarantined in residential services, and Q&A for family carers during lock-down. They also signed a open letter to inform the French Prime Minister of the serious concerns about the consequences, immediate and future, of the health crisis for people in precarious situations, and for the associations that accompany them and partnered with the National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA) to offer family mediation to family carers and to families of persons with disabilities or loss of autonomy.
- Unapei created a webpage with news, initiatives, testimonies and documents Easy to read, including an interesting article on a service establishing a blog to connect with families. Also, they started a fundraising for protective equipment, help to families and staff.
United Nations initiatives:
- On the 30th April the OHCHR published a guidance note on persons with disabilities during COVID-1
- The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres released a policy brief on disability inclusion in COVID-19 responses, which recommends to expand community support for persons with disabilities:
- The growth in demand for support services in the community without a corresponding supply of services can increase pressure on families to provide unpaid, informal care, with negative consequences on both persons with disabilities and family members, particularly women.
- Expand mainstream and disability-targeted social protection and adapt delivery mechanisms to provide adequate relief and support to persons with disabilities and their families. This can be done by: advancing and/or increasing payments of disability benefits; extending coverage to persons with disabilities already registered but who were not previously eligible, and through (online) registration of persons with disabilities; providing disability top-ups to beneficiaries of mainstream social assistance schemes, including to family members who have to stop work to support persons with disabilities; and establishing electronic payment and home delivery for cash and essential food and non-food items.
- In her report to the Human Rights Council on Bioethics and Disability, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, explores how ableism is reflected in legislation, policies, customs and practices related to prevention, cure and assisted dying.
- The World Health Organization published guidance on Infection prevention and control for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19 on 21 March 2020
- ddressing human rights as key to the COVID-19: response on 21 April 2020
- Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on children:
- Face-to-face child services – schooling, nutrition programmes, maternal and newborn care, immunization services, sexual and reproductive health services, HIV treatment, alternative care facilities, community-based child protection programmes, and case management for children requiring supplementary personalized care, including those living with disabilities, and abuse victims – have often been partially or completely suspended. The impact of the pandemic extends far beyond the sphere of physical health. The pandemic is having profound effects on children’s mental well-being, their social development, their safety, their privacy, their economic security, and beyond.
Some news from our partners:
- The European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based care, which we are co-chairing published a Joint Statement on need for protection of persons living in institutions, of funding of social care services and support to families
- ASPH last newsletter, in French including news on the new measures in Belgium and an interesting analysis about the concepts of integration and inclusion
- EASPD published a Snapshot report with a first analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on Disability Services in Europe and held its annual conference on employment for persons with disabilities, you can find the presentations here
- FPS last newsletter has an interesting analysis on care work and women
- Working Families published an article about the rights of carers during COVID-19 in the UK
- SOS Children Villages International published the article Parenting in a pandemic: tips for caregivers and parents
- Plena Inclusion shared interesting resources on COVID-19, in Spanish, including: “Strategies for dealing with situations of confinement and isolation with persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have behavioural and/or mental health problems’ and ‘The right to Education during COVID-19’
- LTCovid is collecting information on long-term care policies around the world during COVID, including
- The International Long-term care Policy Network (ILPN) created a website of resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19 , including country reports on the COVID-19 long-term care situation and a report providing examples of policy and practice measures adopted internationally to support unpaid carers in caring for a person with long-term care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The International Disability Alliance started a campaign to make the WHO and United Nations daily briefings accessible for persons with disabilities, here all resources and join the campaign, and the series “Voices of People with Disabilities During the COVID19 Outbreak”
- Eurochild published a blog about families with children with disabilities
- The Spanish national disability council sent a complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Fundacíon Cermi Women published a guide about how to compaint for harrasment for women and girls with disabilities: Guía De Orientaciones Prácticas de Denuncia de la violencia de género sobre mujeres niñas con discapacidad en la situación de emergencia por el coronavirus.
- EDF and EASPD mobilised the EU Parliament 45 MEPs call on the Commission to ensure funding for support services for persons with disabilities.
- The EU Fundamental Rights Agency published a report (with country studies) on the fundamental rights implications of the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Recommendations on inclusive policies from the global deafblind community
- Impact of COVID-19 on DeafBlind individuals (video)
- World Blind Union hosted a Facebook live
- TAHS, international disability advocacy organisation, published the statement COVID-19: Keeping People with Disabilities Safe.
- CIAAF Collectif Inter Associatif des Aidants Familiaux: Impact of lockdown on family carers and on their needs (in French).
- Women Enabled International COVID-19 Survey in English (word version)Encuesta en español (version word version)
- The Europe Disability Forum is running a survey on disability assessment methods in EU Member States
- Several organisations of persons with disabilities launched the survey COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor that aims to gather a comprehensive overview of what states are doing to protect core rights of persons with disabilities.
Learning disability, coronavirus and international human rights law – Webinar by Oliver Lewis, for recording click here.
European Disability Forum
- Webinar on EU Structural Investment Funds and COVID 19 explored whether the new flexibility given to Member States in their use of EU funds means there is a risk of divestment from the social inclusion of persons with disabilities or if it opens up new opportunities for investment.
- Webinar on lockdown measures during COVID – how it affects persons with disabilities
European Association of Service Provides for persons with Disabilities
- Support provision and ethical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- Health needs of persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- Ensuring Staff Continuity in Social Services during the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- Adapting services for persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- The role of funding for support service providers in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- Support services and informal carers: The importance of partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- Service providers moving to online support during the COVID-19 pandemic for recording click here
- DG EMPL Call for tenders “European Disability Expertise” (deadline 04/05/2020)
- DG EMPL Call for proposals to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities (deadline 01/06/2020)
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