Disabled people’s experiences of physical distancing during COVID-19

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 22nd June 2020
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The latest ALLIANCE Live podcast hears from Morven Brooks, Disability Equality Scotland, on the results of their latest survey.

The organisation has surveyed its members on their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic to hear more from disabled people. In the latest ALLIANCE Live podcast, produced by the Health and Social Care Academy programme, Morven Brooks, Chief Executive of Disability Equality Scotland (this link will take you away from our website), describes the results of the survey, the impact on disabled people’s lives of living through a pandemic and some of their experiences.

The survey, which generated more than 900 responses, was carried out in collaboration with the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) and considered issues experienced whilst physical distancing. Key concerns include:

  • Infrastructure, with pavements not being wide enough and pavement parking.
  • Challenges related to food shopping.
  • The poll also revealed unhelpful comments, and in some cases hate crimes, being committed against disabled people.

Andrew Strong, Assistant Director (Policy and Communications) at the ALLIANCE spoke to Morven about the result and its results in the latest podcast.

Listen to the podcast (this link will take you away from our website)

Read the transcript version of the podcast

The information included in this podcast was accurate at the date of recording (12 June 2020).

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