COVID-19 has drastically affected and overwhelmed the disabled population. Disability is defined as “a mental or physical condition that affects an individual’s overall quality of life,” by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Disabled Individuals have an entirely different set of challenges that abled individuals don’t have to think about.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disabled population is more likely to face violence and abuse at the hands of family members and caregivers and are less likely to reach out to access help. Many factors have led to this being a wide-scale problem.
This system map outlines the barriers faced by disabled populations when accessing help during times of crisis, as well as solutions that could be in place. Barriers are organized in a set of three layers: starting from direct impacts that the disabled population can recognize in their everyday life, expanding to layers that focus more on complex and systematic issues.
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