Published: 2021-04-27

Accessibility issues of persons with disabilities due to COVID-19 pandemic in Nagpur region

Avinash Gawande, Abhijit V. Raut, Sanjay Pusam, Trupti Prabhune


Background: Since the first case of COVID-19 in late January 2020, India has become one of the hardest hit countries by COVID-19 in world. According to 2011 census, the number of PwDs in India is roughly 2.2% of total population which is approximately 26.8 million. They are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection due to their disability and lack of accessibility to protect them.

Methods: A cross sectional, mixed-methods approach, using a purposive sampling technique, a quantitative survey were adopted for the study.

Results: The study showed that 99% of the participants have access to regular updated knowledge of COVID-19. 74% participants faced scarcity of protective measures, 35% faced scarcity of ration supply, 48% PwDs faced major issues to access screening, testing and treatment facilities in suspected COVID-19 cases. 43% PwDs faced scarcity of access to assistive services and devices. 40% faced issues to get their regular medicines and necessary items like catheters. 86% of the participant faced financial crises due to loss of employment and businesses. Around 16% amongst them faced severe crises which was not possible to manage.

Conclusions: Facing COVID-19 situation is extremely stressful for PwDs. This study was conducted for short period of 4 months so it gives a snapshot of impact of COVID-19 on accessibility issues of PwDs.


Disability, Accessibility, COVID-19 pandemic

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