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Protecting lives of Australians with disability during coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, National Cabinet agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability (the Plan).

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The focus of the meeting was on the national response to the coronavirus pandemic, in particular the effects of the response on people with disability.  The Council noted the coronavirus pandemic has caused a significant shift in the Council’s immediate priorities. 

Calls for Australia’s disability carers to get the same coronavirus protections as aged care workers

As more than three billion people across the world isolate themselvesagainst coronavirus, George Taleporos is forced to invite two or three people into his home every day. The disability advocate from Melbourne, who lives with a severe physical disability and uses a wheelchair, relies on carers to complete the daily tasks he needs to live, including eating, showering and getting in and out of bed.

Supporting Australians most at risk in the wake of coronavirus

The Morrison Government has committed more than $154 million in additional support for Australians living with disability, experiencing domestic and family violence and families doing it tough amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Seven ways not to sideline people with disability in our pandemic response

COVID-19 can infect anybody, but some groups are facing particular risks and challenges, from both the virus and the measures being taken to contain it. Along with older Australians, people with disability are likely to be more vulnerable to the virus than others, and more affected by the restrictions, social isolation and economic hardship caused by the shutdowns.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows

Times are hard right now. For everyone. And if you’re a parent of a child with a disability, being off school isn’t as ‘cute’ and ‘pretty’ as it may seem across social media.  I’m not saying every minute of every day is hard, but it’s not all fun crafts and cookie baking either. 

COVID-19’s isolated world is the norm for people with disabilities

But for many people, this sense of isolation and detachment from “normal” life isn’t a temporary phase; they aren’t waiting out the lockdown for normality to resume. For a large percentage of the population, including the elderly and many of the 1.3 billion people living with a disability worldwide, this daily experience of isolation and exclusion is unfortunately the norm.

Now is time to act on pandemic measures for people with disability

Over 70 national, state and territory disability organisations have come together to urge the National Cabinet to take the urgent action we need to keep people with disability free of the COVID-19 virus. Today, we are releasing our letter to the National Cabinet, with the ten vital points for action. We are hearing more and more each day from people with disability who are being directly impacted by the virus, and the measures taken to deal with it.