The ACT Government is and will remain committed to upholding the rights of people with disability and ensuring people with disability, their families, carers and the disability sector are supported through the COVID-19 health emergency.
The ACT Government has heard the concerns of Canberrans with disability and the disability sector and acknowledges that people with disability may face a range of additional and unique challenges and risks, during the COVID-19 health emergency.
Many people with disability are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing more severe health and social impacts from the virus and the associated public health measures that have been put in place.
In particular, people who also have underlying chronic health conditions, or where the nature of their disability makes it difficult to avoid contact with surfaces in the environment, or where their support needs require unavoidable close contact with people, require considered supports and targeted action to ensure they are adequately supported through the health emergency. It is also acknowledged that the rapid rate of change and disruptions to routines can cause substantial distress to many people.
The ACT Government recognises the need to ensure that important public health information is accessible, timely and sensitive to the needs of people with disability, their families, carers and the disability sector.
The ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy (the Strategy) has been created to ensure that people with disability, their families, carers and the disability sector are supported through the COVID-19 health emergency and during the post-emergency transition.
The Strategy will be supported by an action plan that will be regularly updated, enabling the ACT Government to be flexible and responsive to the changing environment.
The ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy provides an overview of the ACT commitment to people with disability. There are additional resources for people with disability and their supporters on the Connect in Canberra webpage. These resources include a planning tool for people with disability during COVID-19, and other resources available for people with disability to support your health, family, livelihood and other assistance in your community.