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Three women communicate using sign language.

We must make the COVID-19 response inclusive for people with disabilities. Here’s how.

If you are an organisation working to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, here are our top nine tips to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind.

Andrea Pregel, May 2020
Woman pushing child in wheelchair

Guidance for including people with disabilities in responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

In the immediate- and long-term response, it is vital that all development partners take steps to strengthen health systems that are disability-inclusive.

Shikuku Obosi sits, smiling at the camera.

"We need to change the language around COVID-19."

Sightsavers’ disability inclusion adviser, Shikuku Obosi, urges journalists and government officials to use disability-friendly language when discussing COVID-19 in a new comment piece published in the media.

April 2020
A girl with deafblindness plays with her siblings.

“As a parent, to see your child happy, is as much as you can ask for.”

Sightsavers and Sense International supported 14-year-old Hellen and her family from Masindi, Uganda, by helping them communicate with each other and support themselves financially.

April 2020
A girl with deafblindness plays with her siblings.

Supporting youth with deafblindness in Uganda

Alice Nabbanja from Sense International explains how the organisation has been working with Sightsavers in Uganda supporting young people with deafblindness and complex disabilities.

Sightsavers, April 2020
A group of Disabled Person Organisation (DPO) representatives meet in Nairobi, Kenya for advocacy training and planning as part of the Inclusive Futures initiative.

#DisabilityC19 Twitter chat

Sightsavers' Andrea Pregel talks through the highlights of a Twitter chat around disability and COVID-19.

Andrea Pregel, April 2020
Four women standing together smiling, in front of a backdrop that says #EqualUN.

Sightsavers calls for more women on UN disability committee

The committee, which monitors implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, currently has six women and twelve men.

March 2020
Women wait in line for eye screening tests.

“We put a special focus on women with disabilities and their rights.”

On international Women’s Day, Sightsavers' Asma Rashida highlights the additional prejudices women with disabilities face, and the important work of the Right to Health project.

Sightsavers, March 2020

Claiming rights and restoring sight: Shamima’s story

Shamima, who is hearing and speech impaired, has developed a unique way to communicate with her close family.

two women sit behind a computer, laughing.

Celebrating the value of employees with disabilities

Rasak Adekoya shares his career story, tells us about his role helping people with disabilities secure good jobs, and what it’s like leading a film shoot as a blind person.

Sightsavers, March 2020
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