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Inclusion Europe published a petition to defend the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in times of Covid-19 emergency. Link to the petition.

Inclusion Europe's online meetings:

Self-advocacy activities during Coronavirus emergencyFriday 22 May 2020, 15:00 – 16:30 Brussels time. Link to join.

Situation in France, with Isabelle Chandler, Unapei. Watch the recording or read the minutes.  

Read more about online meetingsincluding recordings of past sessions. 

Situation in countries 

Finland: "For eight weeks, both boys have always signalled the same message. They want to go home" Jyrki Pinomaa on situation of those isolated in residential services without possibility to visit family. "A complaint has been lodged with the Ombudsman for Equality concerning housing services for people with intellectual disabilities. In particular, the complaint criticises the general prohibition on visits" (in Finnish) 

Ireland: Children with intellectual disabilities and autism are missing school as parents struggle to provide education, a survey has found. For children with complex behaviour and medical needs, home education is “very difficult or non-existent”. Inclusion Ireland conducted a survey of 733 parents of children with disabilities who are trying to home educate. There has been virtually no action from the DES to date to support children with intellectual disabilities and/or autism who may now be without school for 6 months or more. (survey)

Ireland: There have been 100 outbreaks of Covid-19 cases confirmed in disability services across the country and 36 in mental health facilities” in Ireland. Read here.

Poland: Coronavirus in one of the largest "care" institutions in Poland. 236 staff tested, 12 positive. 405 residents. All tested, awaiting results. Entire resort (13 buildings) closed. (in Polish)

United Kingdom: “My husband and I have to look after her 24 hours a day with no help because the local authority carers have been furloughed, while no thought has gone into giving direct support." (source)

OECD tracks measures in all countries.


France: "1 million family caregivers who provide daily care to a loved one, 500,000 are said to be children, teenagers and young adults. 75% of them say they are tired. 61% have trouble sleeping. 60% have back or arm pain.Worth an online translation.

What happens when a boy with autism follows closely Covid guidance and refuses carers enter his home? Watch it here.

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