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People with disabilities in the face of COVID-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

Source(s):  United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR AM)

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, ONG Inclusiva and the Latin America and the Caribbean Network for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management (LAC DiDRR Network) organized a webinar on Thursday, 23 April 2020 that focused on people with disabilities in the face of COVID-19. Reflections surrounding the inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities within all disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction processes were among the issues analysed through this seminar.

To confront the negative effects of the pandemic through an inclusive approach and reduce the risk for persons with disabilities, the following actions and recommendations are proposed, among others (p. 5):

  • To achieve appropriate and functional measures, organizations of persons with disabilities, their caregivers and their families, as well as civil society organizations must be consulted and actively involved in all phases of COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery.
  • State resources, information technologies, partnerships and support networks must be made available to all people, through coordination and collaboration, to ensure the rights, protection, dignity and well-being of all people without prejudice.
  • In order to be inclusive, communications and information platforms must be made accessible, including Braille, captioning and sign language. Communication that is not inclusive is not true communication, especially when it comes to risk management.



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  • People with disabilities in the face of COVID-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean
  • Publication date 2020
  • Number of pages 5 p.

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