COVID-19 Articles

COVID-19 Articles

This page includes selected articles with relevant information about COVID-19 and the impact on the disability community.

All articles are in English unless specified.


Pandemics disable people — the history lesson that policymakers ignore by Laura Spinney 

Disability, Disablism, and COVID-19 Pandemic Triage by Jackie Leach Scully 

You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths – COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence by Mia Mingus


Policy Briefs

A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19 (pdf) by United Nations

Education During COVID-19 and Beyond (pdf) by United Nations

Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Disabilities in Malaysia by UNICEF Malaysia

Women with Disabilities in a Pandemic (COVID-19) (pdf) by UN Women

A National Emergency - Our Children's Learning Loss: A Path to Post-COVID-19 School Recovery in Malaysia (pdf) by Amar-Singh HSS, Ong Puay-Hoon, Gill Raja, Srividhya Ganapathy, Ng Lai-Thin, Yuenwah San



Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, The Independent Monitoring Mechanism’s report on the New Zealand Government’s response to the COVID-19 emergency

  • Available in word doc, pdf, Easy Read and Large Print, audio, Braille and New Zealand Sign Language


Fact Sheets

Disability and the COVID-19 Pandemic by Amar-Singh HSS


Studies and Research Papers

Overall Impact

Exploring the Experiences of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya During the Covid-19 Pandemic (pdf) by Ulemavu Research Institute

The Devastating Impact of Covid-19 on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in the United States. The full paper was published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst. A summary of the paper can be accessed from ScienceDaily, titled: After old age, intellectual disability is greatest risk factor for death from COVID-19, study finds.

People with Intellectual Disabilities Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19 (infographic in pdf) by Inclusion International

Experiences of women with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region during COVID-19 by UN Women and Sightsavers


Impact on Mental Health

Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Stress and Coping Strategies in Individuals with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions. (United States). Published in Rehabilitation Psychology

How is COVID-19 Affecting the Mental Health of Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Their Families? (United Kingdom). Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders


Long Covid

Fatigue and cognitive impairment in Post-COVID-19 Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations. Published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.



Voices of People with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak by International Disability Alliance