Persons with disabilities face far greater impact and disproportionate effect and risk due to COVID-19. The global pandemic poses greater risk of exposure and the possibility of suffering serious health effects due to a range of factors, which may include an inability to practice basic preventative measures, a lack of access to information, pre-existing health conditions and other vulnerabilities.
Engaging persons with disabilities in decision making and also in planning is paramount during this global pandemic. The Pacific Disability Forum has compiled a comprehensive set of papers to assist in the engagement process. The five (5) documents have been collated following a detailed analysis and research by the Secretariat at the Pacific Disability Forum.
- DIDRR in COVID-19 outbreak (pdf version) (Word doc.) (French version)
- Disability Inclusive Communication Guideline (pdf version) (Word doc.) (French version)
- Disability Inclusive Messaging Guideline (pdf version) (Word doc.) (French version)
- Guideline on pre-condition to inclusion for persons with disabilities (pdf version) (Word doc.) (French version)
- Human Rights Based Approach Guideline to Disability Inclusion in COVID-19 Response (pdf version) (Word doc.) (French version)
Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with the World Health Organisation has developed two guides along with other aids to assist Service Providers and stakeholders in mapping out a response which will ensure that persons with disabilities are also included in all COVID response efforts. They also ensure that Service Providers and communities have a better understanding of the varying needs of persons with disabilities.