Disability and COVID-19: the global impacts

By April 16, 2020 2 Comments

Disability and COVID-19: the global impacts

COVID-19 presents a threat to life and liberty to people across the globe. Despite claims that ‘we are all in it together’, it is already clear that the pandemic will impact disproportionately on the lives of people who are already marginalised through the workings of neoliberal-ableism and globalisation.

In this series of blogs, the authors write about the impact of the pandemic on the lives of disabled people and their families in their communities. From discourses of ‘intelligent lockdown’ in the Netherlands to ‘risk groups’ in Sweden, the blogs reveal the subtle, and not so subtle, ways in which the hard-fought rights of disabled people are being eroded during the pandemic, putting lives at risk.  

We are heartened by the resistance of disabled people and their allies to these threats documented in the blogs. We stand in solidarity with disability activism and activists to play our small part in making sure that human rights abuses are not hidden or tolerated. We will add to the blog posts here as the crisis continues to develop. 

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Covid-19 caregivers in Canada

K Underwood and G Parekh

A partial view from Spain

Dr Monforte & Dr Úbeda-Colomer

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