MPs call for inquest into treatment of disabled people during pandemic

ONS data shows disabled people made up around 60 per cent of deaths in first wave

Poor communication was cited as a barrier for disabled people, including the lack of sign language at televised government briefings

The report highlights inaccessible communications during government briefings, health and social care funding and the lack of support provided to deaf people when dealing with the barrier of face masks.

Speaking to The Independent, Lynn Stewart-Taylor, the founder of the #WhereIsTheInterpreter campaign to get the government to implement BSL interpretation, said: “Due to the lack of provision, sign language users are missing out the critical information. Sign language save lives.

“This is critical action that needs to be done. Nothing has changed since we brought our request to the government. They are not listening to us. We are being treated unfairly.”

28th December 2020

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