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Perceptions of Canadian Federal Policy Responses to COVID-19 among People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
“Policy preferences among people with disabilities and chronic health conditions reflect broader partisan divides, as well as health and economic situations specific to this group…Our study also alludes to long-term implications both for health and financial wellbeing and for perceptions of government policy and policy-makers. The pandemic is ever-evolving. What many respondents have voiced is that effective policy pandemic countermeasures should include targeted efforts to help disadvantaged groups.”
David Pettinicchio, Michelle Maroto and Martin Lukk. Perceptions of Canadian Federal Policy Responses to COVID-19 among People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions. Canadian Public Policy 47(2):231-251
The extra financial costs that people with disabilities incur because of our society’s construction of disability (see also social model of disability).
Our objective is to eliminate these financial penalties through changes to policies.
These costs include:
- Asset limits for disabled individuals to qualify for disability services and benefits.
- Income limits for disabled individuals to qualify for disability services and benefits.
- Co-pays for disability services
- Subminimum wages
- Inadequate salaries and supports for both professional and family caregivers
- Under-funding of disability programs including education, housing, etc.
- Under-reimbursement for disability services making them noncompetitive in the marketplace.
- Under-insurance for vision aids (glasses) and hearing aids
Disability services and benefits need to move to a universal insurance program.more