While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens all members of society, people with disabilities are disproportionately impacted due to attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers that are reproduced in the COVID-19 response. The Let's Talk Report contains the results of a poll conducted in Uganda on a show called Let's Talk and phone interviews in April and Mai 2020. More than 36.000 Ugandans with and without disabilities participated.
Persons with disabilities are particularly affected by and vulnerable to climate change. Yet, they are largely marginalised in climate debates and action. Governments, international organisations and donors must urgently ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities at all levels.
“Too many people with disabilities are denied the dignity of work (…). We need to break barriers and open doors for an inclusive society for all.”
“In Sport you throw a ball and don't realise that it's a rehabilitation exercise. Sport strengthens the self-esteem as well as the body.”
Social Protection is a collection of measures to reduce poverty and foster economic growth. These measures target individuals, households, and communities to better manage the income risks that leave people vulnerable, to increase access to basic services such as health or education and to provide income stability.
During humanitarian crises vulnerable groups are hit the hardest. That includes persons with disabilities. According to the recent World Report on Disability, 15 % of the population worldwide live with a disability, 80 % of those in developing countries. In cases of emergencies persons with disabilities are at a higher risk of not accessing humanitarian aid.
All children have the right to go to school, whatever their gender, social status, disability or health. Children with disablilties are still largely excluded from education.
Barriers are avoidable! The world report on disability's key concepts and recommendations.