Coronavirus: information and updates

You've not forgotten us

Thank you for supporting our campaign

This is an unequal pandemic. Disabled people are getting hit especially hard by coronavirus. But at the very time when they need support more than ever, one in four disabled people say they feel ignored.

What’s it like to be disabled during a pandemic?

"The hardest part will be if this situation goes on for a long time. I need to keep shielding, but how long will people volunteer to pick up my food and medication? I have very limited lifelines." - Melanie

"Life has been a lot more challenging for me in the pandemic. I need 24/7 care, and I have to give my carers personal protective equipment (PPE). But if the NHS couldn’t even get PPE, how could I?" - Hannah

"I didn’t go out even when lockdown ended. I’m too anxious. How was it suddenly going to be safer? I have a compromised immune system and if I caught the virus, it’s likely that I wouldn’t survive." - Natasha

With your support, we’re making sure disabled people aren’t forgotten

Calling for clear action on the issues

At the start of lockdown, we launched the We Won’t Be Forgotten campaign. You helped us demand that the government act on the challenges faced by disabled people, including:

Food and essentials: prioritising vulnerable disabled people like Melanie, so they can continue to access supplies.

• PPE: equipping carers with correct PPE, so disabled people like Hannah aren’t put at risk.

• Mental health: providing support to Natasha and the nine in ten disabled people who feel anxious about the pandemic.

Sending a strong message to Westminster

With your support, we also delivered an open letter to the Prime Minister. Signed by over 30,000 people, it sent a very clear message – the government must prioritise disability equality, through the pandemic and beyond.

Your support makes all the difference

This campaign just wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you for helping to make sure disabled people are not forgotten.

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