COVID-19: New guidance published on COVID-19 and the rights of disabled people

Date: 1st May 2020
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, General principles


The United Nations has produced guidance setting out the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people’s rights and daily lives. This has been produced as awareness of the attitudinal, environmental, and institutional barriers which disabled people may face can create a better response to COVID-19.

This guidance seeks to:

  • Bring awareness of the pandemic’s impact on disabled people’s rights, such as their right to education and to health.
  • Draw attention to promising practices being undertaken across the globe
  • Identify key actions for States and stakeholders
  • Provide resources for further learning about ensuring a rights-based COVID-19 responses inclusive of disabled people.

Read the guidance in full here