Hello, again! Welcome to Day Three of the 5-Day Journey about raising awareness for individuals with disabilities. Today we turn our attention to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Americans with disabilities. Over the past two plus years, our world has changed in ways previously unthinkable. The effects of the pandemic have impacted all areas of our global society. The content provided today focuses the lens of COVID’s impact on the ways it has influenced and changed individuals with disabilities.
The Effects Felt By All
A recent report by the National Council on Disabilities (NCD) found that COVID-19 exacted a steep toll on certain populations of people with disabilities, here are some key findings that highlight the influence of the pandemic:
Enhanced communication obstacles related to precautions (i.e., mask wearing) for certain individuals with disabilities (i.e., hearing impaired)
What are ways that we can provide more equitable outcomes for individuals with disabilities as the pandemic wears on?
What are the unique challenges faced by the disabled community during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Why is it important to consider the emotional impact of the pandemic on all individuals within our society? How do we go about addressing these needs in a meaningful way?