We know. No country was prepared to deal with a pandemic.
Neither. Although honestly admitting it, it is not an excuse to exempt them from the responsibility that corresponds to them for their timely, complete and proper handling during and after; especially towards people who live in conditions of vulnerability such as disability.
Given this, people with disabilities who act as self-advocates and their families belonging to 18 groups of organized civil society in Latin America, prepared the Report on the Impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Latin America 2021, Directed by the Mexican association CONFE and Inclusion International.
Access to information was one of the 8 items analyzed and “claimed” in the report.
Fernanda, a person with intellectual disabilities and self-advocacy from Mexico stated: “There is still a lack of resources to help us understand what is happening and how we can take care of ourselves and our families with regard to COVID.
I have not seen many pictograms or guides around the city or in the news explaining to us what is really happening. ”
In the 46-page easy-to-read technical report, he notes, only three out of ten people with intellectual disabilities, down syndrome, and / or autism had enough information about COVID 19.
The main barriers to accessing information is that it was not in easy reading, simple language, videos or pictograms and when this happened, there was no guarantee that it would reach the users in question, since not all people with disabilities have a cell phone and / or computer at their fingertips to find it.
To change this trend, the Rebuild Better campaign is proposed, directed at governments.
The report states that they would have to approach people with disabilities, especially self-advocates for the production of 100 percent accessible materials and pay them for it. Take it!
Something that in Mexico we are badly accustomed and I fear that it will hardly come because the government in turn is required to recognize the powerful human capital that exists in each person with a disability.
Historically, the work that people from organized civil society do together with the State does not have economic remuneration, much less the work that people with disabilities do from society when it comes to providing advice.