Protect people with disabilities in the Coronavirus emergency – ETR

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

Reflection on the Coronavirus emergency

Click on a word which is in blue and bold to read what it means.

Easy-to-read logo

Inform clearly 

Inform clearly about what people should do  

to protect themselves and others. 

Deliver the information to people  

with intellectual disabilities and their families. 


Easy to understand information is important. 

Especially when there are many news and information. 


Tell people clearly what they need to do to

protect themselves and others. 

Provide a phone number and email address

where people can get more information. 


Examples of easy-to-read about the Coronavirus

How the German government is using easy-to-read

More information on easy-to-read is and how to produce it.


Easy to understand is not only about written text. 

Video can also be produced in that way. We have examples.

Deliver the information

Reach out to organisations of people with intellectual disabilities  

and ask them for help to get the information out. 


We can also help spread the message:





Ensure the accessibility of apps, websites and phone-lines 

by providing support during the emergency. 

Help to deal with the emergency 

Help to deal with the emergency, 
limited services and crisis plans.

Help to overcome social distancing measures. 


Provide protective equipment to people with  

disabilities and to those who support them: 

Does your distribution reach families of children and adults with disabilities? 


Many day-care centres are closed.  

This means families taking over and being exposed to many risks: 

loss of income, high levels of stress.  

Look for ways to support them. 


Apply emergency social security measures to

families caring for people with disabilities, including adults. 

Support people with disabilities and

families in crisis planning and arrangements.


If you take part in voluntary activities such as  

grocery shopping for others, please consider  

people with disabilities and their families. 


Learn from countries and organisations

are doing for people with disabilities.

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. 



Coronavirus emergency resources and information.

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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