On 6 April, @ARISEHub hosted a Twitter Chat on Disability and COVID-19. It brought together people with disabilities, disabled persons organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and other experts from around the globe to discuss issues affecting people with disabilities. The chat was organised around seven questions. The objectives of the chat were to:
- Help identify people, organisations and networks with expertise in disability and COVID-19 and source further resources
- Highlight the particular needs of people with disabilities and potential gaps in the COVID-19 messaging and response (with a focus on low- and middle-income countries)
- Explore how people with disabilities are being included in the COVID-19 response
We went through all of the Tweets from the Chat and synthesised them. We organised the learning into different categories. All this week we will be publishing a series of blogs on:
- Risks and vulnerability related to disability and COVID-19
- Barriers to health care related to disability and COVID-19
- Advocacy and action by people with disabilities about COVID-19
- Structural violence, ableism and COVID-19
- Disability and COVID-19: What guidance is available and where are there gaps?
The Tweets were summarised by Laura Dean, Kate Hawkins, Sally Theobald, Kim Ozano and Rachel Tolhurst. We are compiling a list of all the Twitter users who participated in the Chat to recognise their inputs and as a useful resource for those organising around these issues.