Covid-19 and Disabled People – One Year On
May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021
Time to act. It is precisely one year since the first lockdown. As part of Purple Tuesday 365, I have written a reflection piece on Covid-19 and disabled people, which I want to more widely share.
Disabled people account for 6 in 10 deaths in England from Covid-19. We all have a responsibility to ensure a life-changing positive legacy emerges as we move forward.
I have focused on four core issues: online accessibility, mental health; social impact and brand equity; and the next generation.
I describe the implementations for us as individuals and the apparent fixes for organisations.
I haven’t held back because we can’t afford to. ‘Let us never hear the health and safety excuse again’. ‘Passing up over one fifth of the population is economically and morally naïve, and blatantly wrong’. ‘An opportunity, not a cost’. ‘Mental health will no longer be taboo.’ ‘People will forgive late starters and perhaps nervousness and hesitancy. No longer will ignorance or hubris be tolerated’. ‘The younger generation expects, and quite right’.
Disability inclusion is a journey. The events of the last 12 months have accelerated the speed we all need to travel.
Take the time to read the full article and be a part of changing the conversation for good. https://bit.ly/314aggE