The forgotten workers of Australia’s COVID-19 era

The survey picked up extreme anxiety among workers about their safety in the workplace and the safety of their clients,” Dr Cortis says. “Many described working with very little support, and a lack of personal protective equipment. They also felt stretched, as they lacked access to the additional resources needed to properly support people with disabilities adjust to safe distancing measures.”

Fears NDIS participants in public housing stranded by hard lockdown

Some residents say it’s taking too long to receive food and medicine, and that communication from authorities has been poor. Disability groups say they’re worried that people in the nine towers who rely on the National Disability Insurance Scheme have lost access to their carers, and may be unable to call for help.

Coronavirus lockdown brings extra challenges for people with disability

Lockdown is over and for lots of us life is returning to some sort of “normal”. But for many Australians living with a chronic illness or disability, social isolation is still their main way of staying healthy and safe, and the challenges posed by the virus are far from over.

New survey reveals the financial costs of COVID-19 for people with disability

People with disability are facing financial hardship and going days without food during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research reveals.  A survey from People with Disability Australia (PWDA) found that nine in 10 people with disability have experienced increased expenses due to the ongoing pandemic.

More than isolated: the experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

The main message of this report is that urgent action is needed to attend to the many inequities that people with disability and their families and carers face on a daily basis. Without movement on these issues, any future widespread emergencies will again produce substantial destabilisation for these households, with similarly detrimental impacts. This report sets out the key findings of the survey, devised by Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), that captures the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people and their families and identifies unmet needs for resources and information as well as identifying areas requiring responses and future research priorities.

Experiences Of People With Disability During COVID-19: Survey Results

Australians with disability represent some of the most excluded of all Australians in relation to the impacts of coronavirus. At the same time, many people with disability are particularly at risk from COVID-19, because of barriers that exist to inclusion, and the need for ongoing support. This report sets out the findings from a survey that asked 200 people with disability about their experiences over the last two months.

COVID-19 Insights: Towards just futures

This research provides insight into the impacts of COVID-19 on people with disability and offers some directions for recovery post-COVID The COVID-19 pandemic poses immediate risks for people with disability and their families and carers who experience higher vulnerability to COVID-19 due to pre-existing health conditions and reliance on support workers and disruption to essential supports and services particularly for those who struggle online. Some of the key actions include embedding strong governance and co-design by people with disability across all public policy and investing in community-based solutions which maximise existing resources and build inclusion.

Survey: People with Disabilities and Disasters

Are you a person with disability living in Asia or the Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand)? This online survey is anonymous and aims to understand whether and how people with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific are involved in disaster risk reduction, and what factors can help or hinder. You will be able to tell us your biggest concerns and recommendations in relation to disasters.  

Disabled People Have Unique Perspectives On Risks And “Reopening”

We are all struggling right now with how to assess risks, both for ourselves individually and for society as a whole. The stakes are extremely high. But one of the few advantages disabled people have during this pandemic is that we understand risk better than most. We live and work with it every day of our lives.

COVID-19 research fund

All projects that have been selected specifically address an identified need, gap or deficiency in responses to COVID-19 which affects people with disability, their families and carers as well as rich collaborations with the disability and health sectors including advocacy groups, services and government.