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Homeless people often have difficulty finding enough to eat in normal times; the pandemic made things even harder. Vineeth Jose Vincent/Shutterstock

COVID-19: how the pandemic increased food poverty in the UK

The most vulnerable in society have been hit hard by the pandemic when it comes to getting enough to eat. So what can be done?
Many disabled people are facing difficulties maintaining and forming intimate relationships during COVID-19. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 has isolated disabled people from family, love, sex

Even before the pandemic, disabled people reported feeling socially isolated and lonely. Their plight has only been exacerbated by responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus lockdown has amplified the problem of access to clean and safe public toilets for everyone. Shutterstock

Britain’s public toilet shame: time for equal access to decent facilities for all

Coronavirus has amplified the fact that inadequate toilet access has long been a feature of UK life for many, including women and the disabled. Vulnerable people deserve better.
Health workers go door-to-door to screen for COVID-19 in Pretoria, South Africa. Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Community based workers can help disabled people access services during COVID-19

South Africa’s disaster management plan targets the most vulnerable. But it needs to respond in a more deliberate way when it comes to people with disabilities.
Although 90 per cent of Canadians believe accessibility is a human right, our behaviour says something different. Recently, an Alberta woman was turned away from a grocery store for slowing down check-out. Shutterstock

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

Disability is a sensitive topic. Fear of saying the wrong thing prevents people from having important conversations about disability. Here is a guide to get past those barriers.
In an attempt to secure their market, conventional taxis enforce “red zones” – areas where online taxi drivers are barred from picking up passengers. This makes it difficult of people with disabilities to access transportation options. www.shutterstock.com

People with disabilities bear the brunt of turf wars between conventional and online taxis

Instead of being cheaper and safer, getting an online taxi can actually be dangerous for people with disabilities where a so-called “red zone” is in force.
Most caregivers today are assisting their relatives. What will happen in the years ahead? ChaiyonS021/Shutterstock.com

Why the daunting economics of elder care are about to get much worse

The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
The African Commission has adopted the final draft of a protocol that will protect the rights of persons living with disability. Crazymedia/Shutterstock

Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What’s been done to fix this

After decades of human rights abuses against Africans living with mental and other disability, the African Commission has finally drafted a protocol to the African Charter to protect their rights.
The Grocon-built 77-apartment Greenwich Fairfield development in Melbourne includes ten apartments for people with disability. Artist's impression, Grocon

How the NDIS is using the market to create housing for people with disability

The NDIS has the resources and mandate to develop a mature market that delivers suitable housing for people with high disability needs, including the more than 6,200 young people now in aged care.

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