Covid-19 and disability: Fellows’ case studies
David Stanley (left) has been providing Zoom lessons and online concerts to engage with the nation’s learning-disabled community during the pandemic
Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to support those with disabilities. Here are their latest activities and insights.
William Case: digital support
Disability consultant William Case has been advising many national organisations, including the Department for Health and Social Care, on how to support disabled people during the pandemic. Additionally he has been supporting disabled people and social carers with online advice and virtual training in disability issues via his organisation, Your Support Matters. This includes setting up digital support groups to provide a virtual space where disabled people feel listened to and gathering their stories and experiences to help inform the response of key decision makers. He has also been adapting the work of his organisation to run online, providing continued training of personal assistants to help people with disabilities lead independent lives. William received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work.
Emily Niner: autism
Autism participation manager Emily Niner has been working with her charity Ambitious About Autism to set up some rapid response support for young people who are struggling at this time, particularly with the uncertainty and lack of routine. She has been helping to provide support via phone calls to clients and via online resources. Emily's Churchill Fellowship topic was Post-diagnostic autism support for 14-18 year olds.
Edward Rogers: visually impaired
Braille charity director Edward Rogers has been providing isolated blind adults and children with emergency provision of Braille learning and equipment during the pandemic via The Braillists Foundation, where he is a Trustee. He has been helping to develop remote learning courses teaching Braille and provide accessible conference-call training for hundreds of blind people, so that they can increase their chances of employment during a likely post-pandemic recession and operate within the current environment of remote working. Additionally, he has been helping to provide weekly webinars to help keep their 650-strong community connected as well as guidance on daily living including things like accessible cooking. Edward received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work.
David Stanley: learning disabilities
Charity founder David Stanley has been awarded £10,000 Emergency Covid-19 funding from the Government, distributed by the National Lottery for his charity, The Music Man Project. The funding will help isolated and vulnerable people with learning disabilities access musical instruments and online services in the immediate months. David's Churchill Fellowship explored music education and performance for people with learning disabilities. Read David's Fellowship Report: Music education and performance for people with learning disabilities.