Effect of Covid-19 on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families -ETR

Inclusion Europe wants people to know what happened to people with intellectual disabilities and their families during the Covid-19 crisis. The report shows people with intellectual disabilities were segregated and discriminated against once more.

Effect of Covid-19 on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families - ETR

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Inclusion Europe published a report about

how Covid-19 affected the rights of people

with intellectual disabilities and their families.

 

You can read the full report here.

Inclusion Europe wants people to know

what happened to people with intellectual disabilities

and their families during the Covid-19 crisis.

The report shows people with intellectual disabilities

were segregated and discriminated against once more.

Numbers

Numbers are important to see how Covid-19

changed the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities.

For example, to know how many people

died in institutions or hospitals.

The European Union and countries

need to investigate.

Health

The Covid-19 pandemic showed that accessibility

of health and emergency services is bad.

Accessing treatment in hospitals was not sure

for persons with intellectual disabilities sick.

For example, there were triage protocols,

to determine if a person could have access to treatment

if the hospital was full of people sick.

Sometimes, the medical personnel did not know

how to behave with people with intellectual disabilities.

People working in institutions did not have enough

protections (masks, gloves).

Institutions

Persons with intellectual disabilities

were isolated from their families and friends for months.

They were at high risk of infection.

It is proof that institutionalisation is harmful

and is a violation of European values and human rights.

Support services and the role of families

Because of lockdown, daycare centre

and support services closed.

Many persons with intellectual disabilities got no support.

This had a big impact on families having to take care.

This led to panic and worry for everyone.

Some countries supported to families.

Several countries are letting parents take paid

leave so that they can stay home and look after their children.

Education

Schools had to close and be online.

People with intellectual disabilities were left behind,

because they did not have support,

or the material was not accessible.

When schools reopened, some did not allow

children with intellectual disabilities.

Many families were afraid.

Access to information and consultations

Information was not in easy-to-read.

Some people did not understand the situation.

Disability organisations talked to governments

to tell them to consult people with intellectual disabilities.

Employment

Because of Covid-19, many people lost their jobs.

The situation was very uncertain.

People with disabilities are afraid to lose their jobs.

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