Research and inquiries – sharing your Covid experiences
Liverpool John Moore’s University are conducting a study, funded by the NIHR, intending to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns on children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
They are conducting surveys and interviews with CYP with SEND and their parents/carers, as well as local authorities and policymakers, and education, health and social care professionals.
Office for National Statistical has produced a statistical bulletin named ‘Coronavirus and the social impacts on disabled people in Great Britain: February 2021’ exploring the social impacts of coronavirus on disabled people in Great Britain, from their well-being to impacts on their day-to-day life.
Lewisham Speaking Up has done some Research on Digital Exclusion since the Covid-19 pandemic 2020.
One of the main findings was that Many people with learning disabilities in Lewisham do not have access to suitable devices, reliable broadband or support to use digital technology.
Inclusion Europe have worked on a report that shows how Covid-19 affected the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
It found segregation and discrimination in the European counties.
WHO European Regional Office together with European Disability Forum are leading a project on making public health messages on COVID-19 more inclusive for people with disabilities.
They want people to fill out a short survey to help them improve COVID-19 messages and make them more accessible.
The National Center for Mental Health or NCMH are doing a survey because they want to know how the covid-19 emergency is affecting people with a learning disability or autism. They want the government and services to know what life is like for people with a learning disability or autism at the moment.
The Carers Trust are carrying out a survey of unpaid carers to help its new campaign and find out:
- what government support unpaid carers need to continue in their caring role
- and what sort of reform of the social care system will support carers like you most effectively
Sense (part of the Complex Needs Consortium) has launched the #ForgottenFamilies campaign, highlighting the lack of support disabled adults and their families have been experiencing throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Families caring for disabled adults have been forgotten about and left to pick up the pieces, while much of the support they would usually access has stopped overnight, without warning.
- Sign their letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asking government to secure support for disabled people and their #ForgottenFamilies.
- Share and retweet the campaign via Sense’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
- Visit their website to find out more: www.sense.org.uk/forgotten-families
CQC and Health Watch England have launched a campaign called Because We All Care.
They are asking for your help to identify quality issues so they can address them. Read more and share your feedback with them about your experiences of health and social care services during COVID-19 here.
Campaigners in West Sussex: People with direct experience or family members in West Sussex can join or share concerns with HACA (Harmed in Adult Care Alliance) to join a local campaign working for good care and transparency.
The University of Hull is doing some research called ‘Caring from a Distance – using new & familiar means of keeping in touch with family and friends in care homes during COVID-19′.
They are asking people to take part by filling in their survey here.
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is gathering evidence for two inquiries:
The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) inquiry into the (UK) Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications
And for those in Scotland, The Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) at the Scottish Parliament inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on Equalities and Human Rights.
They ask that you please complete their surveys below:
Are you affected by restrictions on family visits to loved ones who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities in inpatient mental health settings? Please share your experiences to help The #Right2Home Campaign press NHS England for change.
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