The impact of Covid-19 and the government’s response on Disabled people

Inclusion London have written to MPs highlighting the problems Deaf and Disabled people have experienced during the Coronavirus emergency

Inclusion London have been gathering information from DDPOs we support and more than 300 Deaf and Disabled individuals who responded to our online survey, about the impact of Covid-19 and the government’s response on their lives. We presented a submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons women and equalities committee detailing the impact of the pandemic on the lives of Deaf and Disabled people in London.

This briefing gives a short overview of the problems Deaf and Disabled people have experienced during the Coronavirus emergency period.

This pandemic has exacerbated exclusion, inequality and poverty for Disabled people.  The reality that many have encountered has made us feel like second class citizens.  Disabled people have experienced a disproportionate negative impact of the pandemic, with our rights to support from social care and education downgraded and our specific needs overlooked.  The reality of deaths in care homes, shortages of PPE in social care, problems with accessing food, medical treatment and the disproportionate impact of many blanket policies necessitate a question of what specific active steps were taken to protect Disabled people’s lives.  

Read our full report here:

The impact of Covid-19 and the government’s response on Disabled people (pdf)

The impact of Covid-19 and the government’s response on Disabled people (word)