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IDA & IDDC Statement on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

The International Disability Alliance (IDA) & International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) are sharing this statement on the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Thursday 21 May 2020. #GAAD Through our accessibility campaign, we called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and several UN agencies to address the lack of accessibility in all UN #COVID19 communications. While we’re pleased with the progress made by the United Nations & World Health Organization (WHO) towards disability-inclusive global #COVID19 response, there is more that needs to be done.

Now that steps are being taken to ensure that information is being made available in accessible formats, we must expand our advocacy efforts to address the other forms of discrimination and inequality experienced by persons with disabilities during Covid19. We have launched a Covid19 End-Discrimination campaign to raise awareness of examples of the discrimination that persons with disabilities experience in accessing services. We call on the global community to recognise the critical and urgent need to deliver disability inclusive COVID-19 responses at global, national and local levels.

Learn more about our End-Discrimination campaign in light of the Covid19 pandemic: http://bit.ly/3e134GH