Dear MIUSA alumni and MIUSA supporters across the world,
I wanted to reach out to all of you to let you know that we at MIUSA are thinking of you and your families during these complex and challenging times.
We hope that things will be better soon, so we can continue all of our plans to work towards disability justice across the world.
As we all know, no one knows how long this situation will last. We realize that many of us are on the "high risk" category due to our age and/or disability and encourage all of us to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus.
These are times we must continue to stay close and connected. As MIUSA staff continue their work remotely, we remain committed to conduct our work to the greatest extent possible as before and to stay engaged virtually.
Thinking of all of you.
With much love,
Susan Sygall and the MIUSA team
Disability Inclusion and COVID-19 Resources
- COVID-19 at the Intersection of Gender and Disability: Findings of a Global Human Rights Survey, March to April 2020 from Women Enabled International
- "How philanthropy can better integrate disability rights in its COVID-19 response" by Myroslava Tataryn for Alliance Magazine
- "Respository of Resources on Disability Inclusion and COVID-19": Resources focusing on Covid-19, disability, mental health, chronic health conditions and related topics curated by the International Disability and Development Consortium Inclusive Health Task Group (IDDC IHTG) and the CORE Group Disability Inclusive Health Technical Advisory Group.
- The World Institute on Disability (WID), “Recommendations for Immediate Action Regarding: The Rights & Needs of People with Disabilities Who Use Personal Assistance Services & Supports Throughout COVID-19 Planning & Response”
- International Disability Alliance (IDA), Key Recommendations toward a Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Response
- Disability Rights & Education Defense Fund (DREDF): COVID-19 Advocacy and Resources
- DREDF's Statement on Preventing Discrimination in the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients
- The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies offers the following:
- FEMA Guidance on Planning for Integration of Functional Needs Support Services in General Population Services
- A plain-language guide to COVID-19, including steps for prevention and slowing its spread
- Mill Neck International’s video guide to COVID-19 presented in International Sign [no captions provided], which may be useful to global Deaf audiences
- World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) guidance for ensuring that Deaf people have access to public health information
- Endorse Women Enabled's Statement on Rights at the Intersection of Gender and Disability during COVID-19
- World Health Organization (WHO) - Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
- COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor - Surveys collecting information about what states are doing to protect core rights of persons with disabilities including the rights to life, access to health and essential services.
- Download Humanity & Inclusion's recommendations for an inclusive response to COVID-19, plus many related resources including examples of how HI is adapting existing projects to fit the new situation with COVID-19.
- UN Policy Brief on a Disability – Inclusive Response to COVID-19
- IASC's Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (2019), while not specific to COVID-19, set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings.
- IASC's document "Key Messages on Applying IASC Guidelines on Disability in the COVID-19 Response" provides an overview of the factors that may put persons with disabilities at heightened risk in the COVID-19 pandemic and response in humanitarian settings; and proposes actions to address these risks.
- Disability Inclusion: Tipsheet for GHRP Update
- Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19