Childhood Disability in the Era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic hit our European society very hard and made it necessary to impose strict restrictions to reduce the spread of the disease and to avoid overwhelming healthcare services. These restrictions and the concerns regarding the COVID-19 illness have had an immense impact on individuals with a childhood-onset disability and their families, and on the professionals working with them. The access and availability of healthcare services and treatments provided to people with a childhood-onset disability have been severely affected. Also the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic will most likely keep our healthcare and economy under pressure for a long time.

During this first thematic day we will look in detail into these direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19, from the pros and cons of using remote consultation methods and tele-medicine up to the mental health impacts. Which lessons did we learn on how to support individuals with a childhood-onset disability, not only during future pandemics or serious global events, but also during their everyday lives? And what can we do to be better prepared to provide the best possible care and support as society recovers?

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British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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