Disability-inclusive Pandemic Response
People with disabilities are reported to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to factors such as lack of access to necessary therapies due to social distancing. However, there is currently limited information on this population and their lived experiences, which has hindered practitioners’ and policymakers’ abilities to develop interventions to help this diverse group.
Given the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the disability community, our team used a qualitative research approach, conducting key informant interviews, a focus group discussion and various arts-based methodologies, in collaboration with North Carolinians with disabilities and their families. The aim of our project is to understand the lived experiences of people living with disabilities and their families across different COVID-19 phases, and to generate policy and practice recommendations around future disability-inclusive pandemic responses.
Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities in North Carolina
Poster by Simran Prakash, Zavera Basrai, Ayra Charania, Tessa Delgo, Ashwin Kulshrestha, Gabrielle Lee, Symon Ma, Derek Mackel, Anil Prasad, Sophie Vera, Deepti Agnihotri, Elizabeth Aimone, Anna Tupetz, Marion Quirici, Kearsley Stewart and Michel Landry