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Speaking about discrimination during the crisis. Webinar by European Medical Students’ Association, 8 May. 

Situation in Spain, with Berta Gonzáles, Plena inclusión. Monday 11 May (time TBC). 

Situation in France, with Isabelle Chandler, Unapei. Wednesday 13 May, 10:00 Brussels time.  


Read more about the online meetings, including recordings of past sessions. 

Situation in countries 

Austria: "In the last six weeks we observed a new exclusion of people with disabilities. People with disabilities have not been included in making decisions, simply forgotten." Lebenshilfe Austria press conference (in German). Summary in English

Czechia: "It is clear that the transition to care in own home is the right direction. Deinstitutionalisation will remain very relevant." Former EU Commissioner Vladimír Špidla on institutional care and Coronavirus (in Czech

4 organisations issue joint statement calling for an end to segregation of people with disabilities. Among them is the association of social work educators. (in Czech

Denmark: Services and schools are gradually opening again (in Danish; summary in English

Spain: Absurd situations during quarantine that show that the world is not accommodating for people with intellectual disabilities (in Spanish, with graphics) 

Germany: “Coronavirus: Germany weighs controversial triage issue”. Read more here

Sweden: “We worry that, in some cases, health restrictions may be based on factors other than the person's health.” Read the full article in Swedish here

OECD tracks measures in all countries. 


European Union

Commissioner Helena Dalli: Speech on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on persons with disabilities:  


“Learners with disabilities encounter barriers which can negatively affect their learning development and results.” 


“Persons with disabilities in residential settings are of great concern. COVID-19 is hitting them more than any other group.” 


Reply to European Disability Forum on the situation with COVID 19. 

United Nations 

Michelle Bachelet: “I am disturbed by reports that the lives of people with disabilities may be given different weight than others during COVID 19. Medical decisions need to be based on individualized clinical assessments & medical need, and not on age or disability characteristics.” Full statement 


The UN Human Rights Office published a guide about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the different aspects of the life of people with disabilities. Here you can read the full document. 


The European Academy of Childhood Disability would like to gain more insight into the current situation of individuals with a childhood-onset disability/disorder, their families, and their therapists and health care providers across Europe, into their needs, and into how they are adapting to the new situation. For this purpose, a survey has been created for Families and for Professionals

World Bank: Inclusive Education Initiative's Disability-Inclusive Education Community of Practice have developed a survey to understand if learners with disabilities and their families have access to the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19. 

International Disability Alliance is collecting and publishing stories of people with disabilities who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Here you can read about the stories already published and find the email address to share your story.  

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