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    COVID-19 as social disability: the opportunity of social empathy for empowerment

    Ebuenyi, Ikenna and Smith, Emma M. and Holloway, Catherine and Jensen, Rune and D'Arino, Lucía and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2020) COVID-19 as social disability: the opportunity of social empathy for empowerment. BMJ Global Healt, 5 (8). e003039. ISSN 2059-7908

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    COVID-19 has conferred new experiential knowledge on society and a rare opportunity to better understand the social model of disability and to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. The COVID-19 experience may offer contextual knowledge of the prepandemic lives of persons with disabilities and foster greater social awareness, responsibility and opportunities for change towards a more inclusive society. Information, family and social relationships, health protection and healthcare, education, transport and employment should be accessible for all groups of the population. The means must be developed and deployed to ensure equity – the deployment of resources so that people with different types of needs have the same opportunities for living good lives in inclusive communities. We have learnt from COVID-19 that inclusive healthcare and universal access should be the new normal, that its provision as a social good is both unifying and empowering for society as a whole.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: s This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited, appropriate credit is given, any changes made indicated, and the use is non-commercial. See: Cite as: Ebuenyi ID, Smith EM, Holloway C, et alCOVID-19 as social disability: the opportunity of social empathy for empowerment. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e003039.
    Keywords: COVID-19; social disability; social empathy; empowerment; disability;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Item ID: 15299
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    Depositing User: Ikenna Ebuenyi
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2022 15:30
    Journal or Publication Title: BMJ Global Healt
    Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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