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"catastrophic impact on disabled people" - Care Innovation - Issue #8

"catastrophic impact on disabled people" - Care Innovation - Issue #8
By the team at Yokeru • Issue #8 • View online
Disabled people may be at higher risk of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and of having worse outcomes from COVID-19. Additionally, the social response to the pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on disabled people and their families.
This research piece by LSE, which came out yesterday, looks into the impact of the pandemic on the disabled community.
The key takeaways from around 70 interviews with disabled people (that occurred in 2020), plus others, were:
(I’ve added my bolding)
First, everyday life has been disrupted. People described how their health care and support had changed significantly. …
Second, [the studies] respondents said that social care has failed to respond effectively. …
Third, Zoom and other digital technologies have become very important. This has benefitted many disabled people, because it has removed access barriers. …
Finally, participants felt there had been failures of communication and leadership. There is frustration over the actions of the UK government.
In each area, one (or many) tech solutions would help.
From watching the news, we all know the value of high quality and regular communication: it’s true on a national level, and it’s equally true between an individual and their care provider.
Enhancing communication is low hanging fruit when making improvements with tech.
Read the rest of the study here: 
Speak tomorrow,
Hector

 

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