The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Latin America, 2021

Members of Inclusion International and CONFE have released a report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in Latin America. 

This report will present peoples experiences of being excluded during the pandemic, as well as good practices from the region.


People with intellectual disabilities and their families across the world have been affected more than other people by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this shared experience, last year our network shared tools and strategies to support each other across different regions.

In some regions, families have been facing challenges specific to their location.

To identify the specific challenges they need to work on in Latin America, our members in region worked together to launch a research project. This project aimed to identify the key barriers stopping people with intellectual disabilities from being included in government’s pandemic response plans.

The countries involved in this project are: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia.

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This report was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark (DPOD) and with support from the International Disability Alliance. 

Why is it important?

The Latin America Impact report is important because our network in the region will use it to agree on key advocacy messages that fit within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). When our members join together to say the same thing, it makes their voice louder.

On 22nd July nearly 400 people attended the launch webinar to show their support for this work and to learn more about it. If you missed it, you can watch it by pressing the button below:

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