world, including your country, is facing enormous challenges caused
by COVID-19. To support the global understanding of consequences of
these challenges on persons with disabilities, this Initiative seeks
to gather information on what measures States are taking with respect
to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.
are glad that you/your organisation has accepted to be a partner in
aiming to ensure that inherent dignity of persons with disabilities
is respected worldwide even during this pandemic.
you can find some important information and suggestions about how you
can contribute to this initiative in an effective way. It does not
mean, however, that you cannot work out your own ideas and make your
own advocacy steps. We encourage you to do so and share them with us.
link to the survey (www.covid-drm.org),
with a cover letter, to the following stakeholders:
responsible for health care, social affairs, education, justice
Human Rights Institutions (Office of the Ombudsperson)
Preventive Mechanism (under the UN Optional Protocol to the
Convention against Torture – OPCAT)
Monitoring Mechanism under the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities – CRPD Article 33(2))
Download a cover letter in your language:
you have time and capacity, please send the link to the survey
with a cover letter, to the following actors:
of Persons with Disabilities at national, federal, regional and
departments within ministries responsible for health care, social
affairs, education, justice
authorities responsible for health care, social affairs, education,
and private-run institutions where persons with disabilities are
health care institutions
for older persons
for homeless people
points within government for matters relating to the implementation
of the CRPD (CRPD Article 33(1))
mechanism within government to facilitate implementation of the CRPD
in different sectors and at different levels (CRPD Article 33(1))
Organisations active in the field of disability policy at national,
federal, regional and local levels.
the subject line: Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 pandemic
in the emails you send out. It will help us to collect data on how
many surveys have been sent out per country and in total.
scope of this survey is limited both (i) to focus on a specific
group of people
(persons with disabilities), and (ii) timely, since it aims to look
at the consequences
of COVID-19 and state measures being implemented
on persons with disabilities.
is not scientific research.
survey is currently available at www.covid-drm.org
in the following languages: Bulgarian,
Czech, English, French, Hungarian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian,
Spanish, and will soon be available in German. More languages will
be added gradually.
to the results of this initiative by completing the survey yourself.
thank you for all your efforts.
Please share any additional information, advice or thoughts directly
with us, and should you have any questions about the survey or the
COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor initiative, please contact in
English, French or Spanish our colleagues on