In the light of the COVID19 pandemic and with the aim to support a disability-inclusive response to the crisis, International Disability Alliance (IDA) has launched this webpage to share the most recent updates and resources as they become available. 

If you have any updates on how COVID 19 is affecting persons with disabilities in your area of work, or want to share any good practices or lessons learnt, contact IDA's inclusive humanitarian adviser, Elham Youssefian via eyoussefian [at]

On this page:

International Disability Alliance Key Recommendations toward a Disability-Inclusive COVID19 Response

Our key recommendations include: 

  1. Persons with disabilities must receive information about infection mitigating tips, public restriction plans, and the services offered, in a diversity of accessible formats with use of accessible technologies
  2. Additional protective measures must be taken for people with certain types of impairment
  3. Rapid awareness raising and training of personnel involved in the response are essential
  4. All preparedness and response plans must be inclusive of and accessible to women with disabilities
  5. No disability-based institutionalization and abandonment is acceptable
  6. During quarantine, support services, personal assistance, physical and communication accessibility must be ensured
  7. Measures of public restrictions must consider persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others
  8. Persons with disabilities in need of health services due to COVID19 cannot be deprioritized on the ground of their disability
  9. OPDs can and should play a key role in raising awareness of persons with disabilities and their families.
  10. OPDs can and should play a key role in advocating for disability-inclusive response to the COVID19 crisis

Useful Resources

Find below some useful resources and links related to COVID-19 and the disability movement. We have organised the resources by: 


Multimedia Resources

IDA Members

World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, together with ENUSP, PANPD, TCI AP, CHRUSP & RLDP

Easy Read

United Nations system

For Families

By Region / Country

From our Partners


We are constantly updating this webpage, so please feel free to send in your resources for inclusion on the web page. Please send your resources directly to eyoussefian [at]