Reflection on the Coronavirus emergency – ETR

Inclusion Europe’s president Jyrki Pinomaa wrote a letter about the Coronavirus emergency.

Reflection on the Coronavirus emergency

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Inclusion Europe’s director Milan Šveřepa

wrote a reflection about the Coronavirus emergency. 

This is a summary of what Milan wrote: 

Coronavirus changed many things. 

But it highlights the ongoing segregation and  

discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities 

especially in access to healthcare.  

For many people with intellectual disabilities 

the situation is even more challenging. 

Especially for those who live 

segregated in institutions and their families. 


Large groups of people including staff are being  

completely left alone and locked-down  

in institutions for weeks, months even. 

It’s one thing juggling work, home-schooling  

and isolation for you or me.  

It’s something else for parents who care for 

children with severe disabilities 


When it comes to education, the priority seems to  

be on the administration of exams, and we are yet to hear 

about schools for children with disabilities during this crisis. 

Even if things go back to normal, it still means people  

with disabilities being segregated from their  

communities and from schools.  

Families will still have to provide most  

care and support, and to fight for  

progress and recognition. 


We have seen the impact of the 2009 financial crisis: 

closed services, disability and social benefits lowered 

unemployment and the tool on peoples’ wellbeing and lives. 

Inclusion Europe invites the governments and  

The European Union to ensure financial support  

first for people with disabilities and 

their families. 

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

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