Crippen reports on Manchester Coronavirus survey

A new survey by the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel (GMDPP) has revealed that many disabled people in the City and surrounding area have experienced extreme hardship during the pandemic lockdown.

The survey, which is in keeping with other reports from around the UK showed that: “disabled people were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic”, experiencing social isolation, reduced social care support, issues relating to access to food, medicine and information, and a severe impact on mental health”.

The GMDPP, which is made up of 14 disabled people’s organisations (DPO’s), had 936 responses to the survey making it one of the largest surveys by and for disabled people centred on the pandemic.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) provided an impartial analysis of the data, and the findings confirmed the Panel’s assertion that “disabled people were being disproportionately affected by the pandemic”

Rick Burgess, Outreach and Development Lead of the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel and the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, says: “We have made 13 key recommendations for improving the problems we identified … there is a lot of work to do to remove disabling barriers that have gotten worse over the last ten years and were made worse again in the pandemic”

Rick adds “However we as disabled people and our organisations and communities will not stop until our rights to a fully inclusive society are realised.”

Description of cartoon for those using screen reading software

A small group of disabled people of differing impairments and ethnicities are positioned in front of a row of large stone slabs that are blocking their progress. The slabs represent barriers to society and carry text on them that reads barrier to inclusive education, barrier to accessible housing, etc. In the middle of the slabs, two new ones are being hammered into place by a huge mallet that has Covid 19 printed upon it. The new barriers read ‘Barrier caused by the impact on our mental health’ and ‘Barrier caused by reduced social care support’. One of the disabled people is saying: “Knocking them down? No – it’s adding even more bloody barriers!”

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