Resources on disability during COVID-19

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
  • The World Health Organization issued a technical document, addressing human rights as key to the COVID-19: response on 21 April 2020
  • The World Health Organization issued a 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:



  • Learning disability, coronavirus and international human rights law – Webinar by Oliver Lewis, for recording click here.

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