COVID-19 and Disability
  • Time: 15:00 - 15:45
  • Date: Thursday 10 December 2020
  • Location: Online
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  • Cost: Free event
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This event explores the Covid–19 pandemic impact on disabled people, and how it has exacerbated disabled people's marginalisation within society.

The COVID–19 pandemic has exacerbated disabled people's marginalisation in society, and reinforced discriminatory practices across health, social care, education, and broader welfare provision.   

This is reflected in the United Nations call for States to recognise the socio-economic impact upon the disabled people's community. Despite the concerns raised by UN Rapporteurs, civil society organisations, academics and activists across the globe, States have enacted policies that remain detrimental to disabled people's quality-of-life and has led to restricted opportunities to participate in their communities. 

In this presentation, we will explore current research and data into the impact of the pandemic on disabled people. We will consider how, globally, disabled people are subjected to hostile and violent policies that result in the withdrawal of healthcare provision, a promotion of institutionalisation, and extensive infringements of disabled people's human rights.  

Within a UK context, we will consider how government legislation and policy has had a detrimental impact on disabled people's lives. Finally, we will explore how disabled people – and their organisations – are influencing the policy-making process and consider alternative, possible, and preferable policy responses to support disabled people through the pandemic.

Tune in this live session on YouTube and join in the discussion.  

This event is part of a series of live sessions exploring the effects of COVID-19 to our society. Check out other live sessions you might be interested in on YouTube


  • Dr Miro Griffiths, Leverhulme Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds 
  • Dr Tom Campbell, Associate Professor in Social Theory