‘All in this together?’ A commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on disability day services in Ireland

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Abstract

Disability services in Ireland faced a financial crisis which was exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resumption of day services for people with disabilities placed the bulk of the financial burden on these disability services following initial non-committal governmental support. Disability day services closed in March 2020 with services operating at a much-reduced capacity since this date. This reduction of services has negatively impacted people with disabilities who were already experiencing inequalities in Irish society pre-COVID-19. Will the commitment of financial provision to support resumption of services positively impact on people with disabilities, or are historic inequalities faced by disabled people likely to continue in Ireland?
Original languageEnglish (Ireland)
Pages (from-to)1538-1542
Number of pages5
JournalDisability & Society
Volume36
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Covid-19
  • Day Services
  • Inequality
  • Service provision

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