VODG’s Commission on COVID-19, Ableism and Racism was launched to explore how the worst impacts of COVID-19 have fallen on Disabled people, and even more so on Disabled people from Black, Asian, and minoritised ethnic groups.
Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Commission is examining the extent to which negative outcomes have arisen from systemic neglect of social care over many years, worsened by confused governmental approaches throughout the course of the pandemic as well as poor implementation of policy and conflicting guidance.
Responses, analysed together with other responses we receive, will be used to identify common themes and help us shine a light on how things have been working for Disabled people during the pandemic, as well as how racism and discrimination may have worsened outcomes for Disabled people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic groups.
The words we used to describe disability and race are important. The Commission has agreed the language and definitions as outlined below but recognises that any such term is problematic when attempting to capture the collective experience of any group of people. As such, the language we use will evolve and change
We are calling on Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic groups* to share their views and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of our Commission on COVID-19, Disablism and Systemic Racism. We’re also keen to hear from their families, carers and people who work in social care.