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First Europe for Us of 2020 is out now

We just published the 1st edition of Europe for Us of 2020! Europe for Us is our newsletter for self-advocates. In this edition of Europe for Us, you can find some information about the Coronavirus.

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European disability movement during the Coronavirus emergency

Catherine Naughton, director of the European Disability Forum (EDF) discusses about the impact of the Coronavirus emergency on people with disabilities in Europe. 

Italy: impact of Coronavirus emergency on people with intellectual disabilities, families

Daniela Cannistraci and Gianfranco de Robertis from Anffas talked about the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and families  in Italy during the Coronavirus emergency.

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5 steps to prevent harm to people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Coronavirus emergency

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic represents huge health and safety risks, forcing most of us to a swift reconsideration of our current and future plans, work activities and a way of life in general. In a time like this people with intellectual disabilities can face even more challenges in their daily life.

We made recommendations, examples and practices for each of these 5 steps to prevent harm to people with intellectual disabilities during the Coronavirus emergency.

EU Fundamental Rights Agency shared our resources on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Share them further. 

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We will be contributing to 2 seminars about the Coronavirus emergency this week: 

Lockdown measures during COVID-19: disability issues in Europe, by EDF, 21 April, 10:00 AM

Inclusion International webinar, Apr 23, 2020 02:30 PM 


Situation in countries 

Belgium: "A person with an intellectual disability is turned away from a hospital because he cries and screams too much." More in French 

"According to a doctor, Séverine would be less of a priority than a "normal" patient for resuscitation because she is autistic" More in French

Czechia: A survey about current situation is about for people with disabilities and families. "As a single mother I am now caring for my severely disabled son alone, 24/7, without any assistance, without rest, with more demand for shopping, cooking, feeding and intensive care" More in Czech

France: French government issued a guide to caring for child with autism. More in French (.pdf)

Ireland: COVID-19 and intellectual disability (.pdf)

Italy: "We risk a massacre. The physical condition of the residents is extremely fragile and the risk of infection is very high" Anffas in Corriere della Sera investigation on situation in residential facilities for people with disabilities. More in Italian

Poland: Coronavirus appeared in 53 institutions (social welfare homes, care and treatment facilities, care and care facilities, psychiatric hospitals, etc.) infected 969 people and contributed to the deaths of 31. Read more

United Kingdom: The government issues COVID-19 action plan for adult social care (.pdf)

OECD tracks measures in all countries. Read more

European Union

3 EU Commissioners write to member states’ ministers: on persons with disabilities, they highlighted accessible communications, non-discrimination in access to treatment and the need to support community-based services and residential institutions. Letter in full, .pdf. 

Council of Europe

COVID-19: Human rights principles must guide health decisions. Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics recalls the fundamental principles, based on the respect for human dignity and human rights, which must guide medical decisions and practices in the context of the current crisis.

United Nations 

Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In non-Corona news: UN experts urge Hungary to end restrictions on persons with disabilities 


Supporting your child with a neurodevelopmental disorder through the COVID-19 crisis 

Open Society Foundations Aid People Hardest Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic. $3 million for Europe, for local groups countering disinformation and serving the cities’ most vulnerable people, such as senior citizens. Budapest and Milan have each received over $1 million already. 

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