Coronavirus: Disabled People Have Been Excluded And Marginalised, Says Report

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.


Disabled people have faced discrimination in every area of their lives from the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, new research by a user-led organisation has found.

The research by Inclusion London reveals that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting disabled people across every part of their lives.

Disability News Service has seen a draft version of an interim report based on the research, Abandoned, Forgotten and Ignored, which concludes: “Despite the government’s rhetoric about protecting and supporting Disabled people, the reality is that during the pandemic we have been treated less fairly and discriminated against across all areas of our lives.”

But it also warns that – because many disabled people most affected by the pandemic, such as those in care homes or psychiatric institutions, will not have had access to its online survey – the findings are likely to represent only “the tip of the iceberg”.


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