Disabled people urged to share their views on the impact of Covid-19

Disabled people across Greater Manchester are being urged to give their views and share their stories of the impact of Covid-19 on their health and wellbeing.

 The Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel has launched a survey to capture the experiences of disabled people in the city-region. The survey results will then be used by the panel to support improvements in how Greater Manchester responds and recovers from the pandemic. The survey has been open for three weeks and has already had more than 600 responses, with initial findings highlighting difficulties in accessing information online and in obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

 Many disabled people are also not on the government’s shielding list but still require support. One third of disabled people have said they are unable to access their healthcare needs and two thirds of disabled people have reported their mental health has been negatively affected.

 The survey has now been extended to May 25 to ensure as many people as possible have had the chance to give their views. There is also an easy-read version of the survey. Both can be found at www.gmconsult.org

Posted on Monday 18th May 2020