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Helena Dalli gave a speech on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities.
Helena Dalli is the European Commissioner for Equality.
Helena Dalli gave the speech to the Disability Intergroup in the European Parliament.
Helena Dalli said that people with disabilities
and old people who live in institutions are having a
hard time because of COVID-19.
Dalli said that the European Union and countries in Europe need to respect the rights protected by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The safety and well beings of all the citizens
is the most important thing for the European Commission.
The European Commission has already put in
place many different solutions in the domain of health
to help citizens and Member States during COVID-19.
The European Commission created guidance on
how to use European materials to get financial support.
The European Commission is facilitating the
possibility to get protective equipment in the European Union.
The European Commission created the “Solidarity for Health Initiative”.
This plan helps the healthcare systems of the Member States.
The European Commission made it easier to use the
European Union funds during this crisis.
Helena Dalli talked about some aspects of the Covid-19 crisis:
Confinement measures are very difficult for
persons with disabilities and their families.
Online schooling is difficult or not accessible
for all children and students.
Parents have to take care of their children
because there is no support.
Measures should be taken
to stop discrimination against people with disabilities.
Remote education must be accessible.
Information about Covid-19 also needs to be accessible.
People with disabilities who are living in the community
must not be institutionalised because of the Covid-19 crisis.
People with disabilities in institutions are being isolated.
Helena Dalli said no-one should be left behind,
without support or essential services.
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