Hi friends in Global Legal Empowerment Network,
Regards from Nepal!
It is really a tough time particularly those living with disabilities. We are safe and protected with lockdown however this is even more difficult time for the people living in institutional setting such as hostel, group accommodation and sharing compartment.
May I take privilege to provide you the current information concerning COVID-19 pandemic affecting people with disabilities in Nepal.
Persons with disabilities are much deprived having lack of protective materials and Hygiene such as Hand sanitizers, face mask, Soaps and paper towels. The another concerns is that the adequate information is not available, the information in accessible and easy to read text is not available. Such as there is no sign-language captioning in TV news. Because of the Lockdown situation, there is lack of adequate food stuff . There is no particular attention to persons with disabilities in the isolation centres since they are at high risk of Coronavirus infection because the hands are being exposed for touching surface and communication. Such as rolling wheelchair, white cane holding and sign-language communication.
The Persons with disabilities and their representing organisations are doing their level best to influence the Government submitting petition to include concerns of persons with disabilities in the Government scheme and information system. The urge of the DPOs is to provide adequate information in accessible format, provide food stuff for the needy one, assign isolation center for vulnerable group such persons with disabilities, orphans, elder citizen, women and those living in the street.
The DPOs are also providing information in accessible and easy text such as Abilis Foundation has developed accessible “Information Education and Communication” (IEC) materials for Deaf and other cognitive disabilities. Please find the IEC material in easy Nepali language for reference.
The DPOs are also engaged with broader civil society organisations to push for including their concerns within the Government action on Covid-19 response and preparedness.
For an example, the petition to UN Secretary General has been submitted by the stakeholder group on disability (TGDRR). The DPOs also have urged National Human Rights Commission to speak for ensuring disability inclusive Covid-19 preparedness and response.
I am carrying out the survey through NFDN and ADRAD-Nepal to identify the status of persons with disabilities in the preparedness and response of Covid-19 in Nepal which is going on through online survey form, please find the link of this survey which is in Nepali language.
Fill out in Google Forms
For further information, please get back to me.
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