Disability Royal Commission calls for urgent action on COVID-19
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has issued a Statement of Concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disability.
It is calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies to protect and support people with disability.
The Commission is urging Australian governments to seek input from people with disability, leading disability experts and advocates in developing this strategy – in particular, the COVID-19 Coordination Commission initiative.
Appropriate guidance, support and funding is critical to meet the particular needs and requirements of people with disability. The Royal Commission has heard directly from people with disability who are very anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, and feel they are being left behind or ignored in government and community responses.
People with disability, particularly First Nations people with disability, may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic due to increased risk of infection, higher number of co‑morbidities and because of underlying health conditions.
Now, as always, the Royal Commission wants to hear from people who have information about violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability, including information with respect to the government and community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.