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Friday, November 20, 2020

How has the pandemic impacted on people with disabilities?

Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

How will people with disabilities regain hard-won social support and personal independence; and overcome increasing levels of psychological distress and social isolation?

Free

When the world moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the doors to live-streamed concerts, museums, and even religious services and GP appointments that had previously been 'closed’ to many disabled people, were suddenly accessible. While the pandemic may have inadvertently made some things more accessible, fear of illness and extended periods of isolation have also exacerbated some pre-existing and structural inequalities faced by many deaf and disabled people, according to reports. 

Join the debate on how people will regain hard-won social support and personal independence; and overcome increasing levels of psychological distress and social isolation. 

Chaired by Jeremy Balfour MSP, Convener on Cross-party Group on Disability, this panel includes: 

  • Morven Brookes, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Equality Scotland
  • Dr Robert Adam, Assistant Professor in British Sign Language at Heriot-Watt University
  • Dr Pauline Nolan is Head of Leadership and Civic Participation at Inclusion Scotland

The event is run in partnership with Disability Equality Scotland.

The Disability Equality Scotland logo, a pink speech bubble with an equals sign in the middle.

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