Postdoctoral fellow Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA & Global Health and Tropical Medicine, New University of Lisbon, Portugal Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro
Associate Professor Oakland University Ann Arbor, Michigan
This symposium congregates, synthesizes, and translates COVID-19 resources and findings, obtained from working groups within the International Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. In particular, the symposium will synthesize the findings from a scoping review on any disproportional risks, consequences, and vulnerabilities (e.g. health, socio-economic) faced by people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of a COVID-19 infection or lockdown-related measures. This symposium also covers mental health needs and services for people with disability, including children and their caregivers, during pandemic times. Finally, derived from the action or recommended action mapped by a scoping review, the symposium will provide synthesized information (i.e. a new model) on how to develop and promote disability-inclusive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, toward preventing and reducing any disparities and vulnerabilities faced by people with disabilities.
To describe any disproportional health risks and consequences that persons with disabilities may experience due to COVID-19 infection, including medical rationing influenced by disability stigma to promote and apply targeted prevention measures.
To elaborate on the complex net of health, educational, occupational, and socioeconomic disparities experienced by persons with disabilities as a result of the pandemic lockdown measures /restrictions, to plan for the prevention or mitigation of these systemic disparities.
To appraise and select possible strategies to meet the mental health and service needs of people with disabilities, including children with disabilities and their caregivers, especially by enhancing access to such services for those affected.
To formulate disability-inclusive response and preparedness plans for pandemic scenarios, including with the consideration of structural disparities faced by people with disabilities.