COVID-19 and persons with disabilities

Three illustrated images side by side drawn from the COVID-19 videos, from the left: image of a woman in a wheelchair holding a dog on her lap and a man standing next to her, they both wear face masks, next to them, two standing men wearing facemasks;  a standing woman with a face mask holding a white cane next to a man in a labcoat; and the back of a woman facing a laptop taking part in an online meeting.
Illustrated images of persons with disabilities facing the COVID-19 pandemic ©OHCHR

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities.

UN Human Rights, with the support of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), developed a series of tools to support identifying and addressing challenges faced by persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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OHCHR Guidelines on COVID-19 and the rights of persons with disabilities (2020)These guidelines describe shortly the preliminary impact assessment made in 2020 and provide concrete areas of attention to deliver on the rights of persons with disabilities and prevent further disproportionate impact. The guidelines are available in multiple languages.PDF:
العربية | 中文 | English | Français | Русский | Español

The following translations are not official translations. Language in the following translations may not necessarily reflect human rights standards and should be used for the purposes of improving access to information. They should be checked against the official versions in the six UN languages published above.

PDF: Amharic | Bengali | Farsi | Georgian | German | Greek | Gujarati | Indonesian | Luganda | Marathi | Nepali | Oromo | Swahili | Tagalog | Tamil | Telugu | Thai | Tigrinya | TraditionalChi | Turkish | Urdu | Vietnamese

Case studies and donors guidance (2021)A summary report provides immediate and long-term recommendations, based on the CRPD and SDGs, on the inclusion of persons with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 response and recover.

The summary report reflects the themes/norms that are highlighted in eight case studies as areas of concern. It also includes a guidance for donors to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in the dissemination of COVID-19 funding.

The eight case studies provide evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities and make recommendations for inclusive response and recovery measures.

Summary report – case studies – guidance for donors
Easy Read Summary report

Easy Read case studies summaries:

VideosThree illustrated videos highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities and the need for an inclusive sustainable recovery across three themes: (i) access to social protection and disability disaggregated data, (ii) equal access to humanitarian support and (iii) the right to community based living. (i) Video on Clara – social protection and data (Spanish audio, audio description and captioning, English subtitles)
(ii) Video on Adèle – equal access to humanitarian support (French audio, audio description and captioning, English subtitles)
(iii) Video on Liz and Ben – community-based living (English audio, audio description and captioning)
WebinarCOVID-19, institutionalisation of persons with disabilities and the right to truth

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