Petition to defend the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in times of COVID-19 emergency -ETR

Inclusion Europe submitted a petition to defend the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in times of COVID-19 emergency.

Petition to defend the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in times of COVID-19 emergency

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Inclusion Europe submitted a petition to protect

the rights of people with intellectual disabilities

and their families.

 

We call for measures that protect

people with intellectual disabilities

during and after the Coronavirus emergency.

The Coronavirus emergency puts

the rights of people with disabilities

at risk.

 

Several national laws and practices did not respect

European legislation and the UN CRPD.

 

Some rules denied people with disabilities healthcare.

 

People with intellectual disabilities could no longer

access the support and care they need.

 

Most of children with intellectual disabilities

are not able to continue their learning

because schools cannot communicate with them.

 

Families are left on their own.

 

People in care homes or institutions

were being locked down.

They could not see their families and friends.

 

A lot of people with disabilities have been infected and died

from the virus in institutions.

The petition calls for:

  • Post-Corona financial measures that reach out to

people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Post-Corona health measures that protect

people with intellectual disabilities.

 

On 19 May 2020,

the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament

heard the petition.

 

The Committee on Petitions is a group of people.

This group of people examines petitions

submitted by citizens of the European Union.

 

The petition was well received by all MEPs.

7 out of 8 MEPs declared their support

to keep the petition open.

 

Ádám Kósa is a MEP.

He agrees with the petition.

He said that:

“it is important that people with intellectual disabilities

are treated with respect”.

 

Monica Semedo is also a MEP.

She said that:

“safety and access to healthcare should be

guaranteed to everyone”.

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