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How can health and social care services promote the safety and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in LMICs?

Livelihood & Social Protection
Equity Depth Local Relevance Feasibility
People with IDD should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination, in particular people with Down Syndrome.
Vaccine promotion campaigns for people with IDD should be inclusive, person-centred, and focussed
Reasonable adjustments should be made to clinical policies and practices to ensure equity of access and provision for people with IDD
Robust behaviour support response plan should be put in place for people with IDD, particularly those with behaviours of concern
Strengthen data collection to assess the impact of COVID-19 on people with IDD as well as their caregivers
Take a collaborative approach including people with IDD and civil society organisations to inform all policies and programmes that facilitate their safety and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

How can access to mental health services be improved for people with disabilities?

Integrate disability inclusion into mental health care systems and interventions
Provide reasonable accommodations so that mental health services and interventions are accessible to people with disabilities
Train mental health care workers to deliver services for people with disabilities.
Improve the identification of mental health difficulties among people with disabilities
Engage people with disabilities in the design and implementation of mental health policies and services.
Conduct research on ‘what works’ to promote access to mental health services

What works to improve mental health for parents of children with disabilities?

Focus on increasing access to training interventions to alleviate psychological stress in carers.
Provide better access to respite care to reduce the burden on family members as well as acute services as the only source of meaningful support.
Develop contextually-appropriate and culturally-sensitive interventions that take account of the carers’ socio-economic settings.
Train local community workers and other parents with children with disabilities using community resources to provide parent training and support interventions.
Focus on developing a good quality evidence base from LMICs to determine what works to improve the mental health outcomes of carers of children with disabilities.

What works to support girls with disabilities reaching and staying in school?

Generate better evidence on what works to improve outcomes for children with disabilities overall, and disaggregate this by gender
Collect more nuanced data on barriers to education among girls with disabilities in specific settings
Prioritise inclusive and safe sexual and reproductive health support for girls with disabilities in schools
Involve boys and men in supporting girls with disabilities accessing school
Think beyond primary education, to support girls with disabilities through to meaningful livelihoods and to mitigate against risk of violence
Harmonise indicators and outputs to build national baselines and monitor change over time

What is the evidence of successful interventions that increase employment and livelihood participation for people with psychosocial disability?

Livelihood & Social Protection
Equity Depth Local Relevance Feasibility
Explicit inclusion of people with psychosocial disability in all national policies and programmes on disability within the UNCRPD framework.
Address workplace stigma and discrimination around people with psychosocial disability using social contact interventions.
Affirmative action such as workplace reasonable accommodation should be individualised based on the needs of people with psychosocial disability.
People with psychosocial disability should have access to effective and affordable mental health services. Multi-stakeholders should co-ordinate their efforts to support people with psychosocial disability in employment opportunities.
Allocate funding to implement Supported employment (SE), particularly ‘Individual Placement and Support’ (IPS), for people with psychosocial disability.
Further develop the evidence base to inform and guide policymaking.

What works to prevent violence among women with disabilities?

Equity Depth Local Relevance Feasibility
Address the wider social determinants, that put women with disabilities at high risk of experiencing any form of violence.
Create a safe and accessible system for reporting all forms of violence as well as offering protection and ongoing support.
Invest in capacity building activities for all relevant stakeholders to promote all types of violence prevention for women with disabilities.
Assign dedicated funding for all types of violence prevention and management strategies among women with disabilities.
Invest in policy analysis and further research to strengthen the evidence base on all types of violence prevention and management interventions for women with disabilities.

What are the core principles that should be considered in the development of policies and programmes related to persons with disabilities in LMICs?

Livelihood & Social Protection
Enhance disability inclusion by reducing or eliminating the barriers and/or providing additional required measures to facilitate participation and inclusion.
Align national policies and programmes on disability with the UNCRPD framework.
Take a collaborative approach to realising the rights of persons with disabilities, and invest in capacity development to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda of ‘Leave no one behind.’
Recognise the influence of intersectionality, and adopt a twin-track approach to promoting disability-inclusive development in all areas including education, health, employment, and social activities.
Improve and harmonise data collection to inform appropriate programme design and implementation as well as evaluate the impact of policies and programmes, using standardised approaches that allow disaggregated data by disability status.
Further develop the evidence base to inform and guide policy making.

What progress has been made to operationalise the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) framework to promote inclusive employment?

Livelihood & Social Protection
Equity Depth Local Relevance Feasibility
National legal and policy frameworks should reflect the rights of persons with disabilities and be aligned with the CRPD principles
Adopt a multi-sectoral approach to formulate and implement policies and programmes for inclusive employment
Develop clear guidelines to mandate the implementation of policies that promote inclusive employment
Ensure adequate financial resources are available to support inclusive employment
Use established tools and strategies to monitor and evaluate the policy implementation
Invest in future research to inform evidence-based disability related policies