Joint brief by ILO, UNICEF, UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, International Disability Alliance, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Disability-inclusive Social Protection response to COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and its related socioeconomic consequences magnify obstacles and inequalities. Persons with disabilities are in many ways more exposed to the crisis. Social protection, which, at any point in time, is critical for persons with disabilities, has proven to be a crucial vector of relief in the recent weeks. This brief presents several elements that can help make the most of the social protection systems response to COVID-19 to support persons with disabilities.

The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates the importance for all countries to develop and strengthen collectively financed, comprehensive, inclusive and permanent social-protection systems. Countries which have developed comprehensive disability registry, universal disability allowance and support services are in position to provide fast and reliable relief to children, working age adults and older persons with disabilities.