The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on all our lives. But health inequalities and systemic failings have increased the risks for people with intellectual disability.
People with intellectual disabilities found themselves sidelined. They were left out of the emergency response, without accessible information or the support to make informed decisions.
Here you will find information about COVID-19 in Easy Read and information about our advocacy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our COVID 19 advocacy
We have been lobbying hard for people with intellectual disability in the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the start of the pandemic, we joined with other disability organisations to call on the government to improve support, testing and information for people with disabilities.
Throughout the pandemic we have met regularly with government officials and other disability organisations to guide the government’s response to people with disability during the pandemic.
Our Vaccine advocacy
In May 2021, we gave evidence to the Disability Royal Commission on the vaccine rollout for people with disability. We were very concerned that people living in group homes had been de-prioritized in the vaccine rollout. Read our witness statement.
In August 2021, we released a letter with other national peak bodies calling on the government to vaccinate and protect all Australians with disability against coronavirus.
In September 2021, the Disability Royal Commission released a report recommending that lockdowns not be lifted until all people with disability had had an opportunity to be vaccinated.
Our Vaccine webinars
Misinformation and vaccine hesitancy have also slowed the roll-out of the vaccine to people with an intellectual disability.
In 2021 we ran a series of webinars hosted by people with an intellectual disability for people with intellectual disability and their families to raise awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine. These were delivered in partnership with DDWA and VALID. In August 2021 we partnered with the Department of Health to run a national webinar about the COVID-19 vaccine for people with an intellectual disability . We also worked with the Department on developing targeted information for people about the vaccine.
Our COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 resources from our members
30 November 2021 Related topics:
CID’s COVID-19 resources includes Easy Read information about COVID-19 Videos about staying well and safe during lockdown or isolation Information about CID’s health advocacy
Developmental Disability Western Australia’s COVID-19 resources include Accessible information about COVID-19 Health planning information Easy Read resources about COVID-19 Mental health during COVID-19
South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability’s COVID-19 resources include regular Easy Read updates about COVID 19 in South Australia
Speak Out Tasmania’s COVID-19 resources include videos about Deciding whether to have the COVID-19 Vaccine Staying safe and keeping others safe COVID-19 in Tasmania