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

On Thursday, 22nd July at 4pm CEST, Inclusion International and CONFE will hold a launch event for a report our Latin American members have worked on. The report is about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with intellectual disabilities and their families.

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.

The report is now ready to be shared. It will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

You can find there report here.

This report was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation 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.

You can show your support for this work and learn more about it by attending the launch event. We hope it will help other regions to work together in the same way.

Register Here


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