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Tanni’s View


Baroness


Grey-Thompson DBE writes for Ability Needs


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HE IMPACT of COVID-19 on disabled people is going to be felt for a very long time and it feels longer than it actually is


since the shielding letters came out. There were people who have received letters who were perhaps not expecting it, and even more unexpected were the Do Not Resuscitate letters that some had. Hopefully, there will be a number of lessons learnt about how this was handled, not least that sending out a letter rather than having a kind conversation was not the way to deal with it. I also think that calling people ‘vulnerable’ is not helpful, when it can also mean disabled. Not all vulnerable people are disabled and vice versa. The Fawcett society have recently released a


report to show that the impact on disabled women is stark. Actually, the impact of this pandemic on


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anyone makes stark reading. As I sit and write this column it looked like we might have been moving out of lockdown, but that may no longer be the case. Within the space of a day things can change. I am part of several discussions about how


disabled people may want to choose to come out of lockdown. The guidance is guidance, and many will choose to stay at home longer than they are told, not necessarily because of their behaviour, but because it is hard to control others. This is before you think about the work environment, or whether you have children at school. And another thing, ‘working from home’ makes too many assumptions about what that environment is like. It is not the same as being in the office but with less travelling. Several disabled people have told me that


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