Voices of Covid
Coronavirus has had a massive impact on so many people’s lives. Stories and news around the pandemic have swamped the media, but we feel not enough attention is being given to the voices of disabled people, their friends, families and carers. That is why we decided to launch our Voices of Covid series to give people a space to share their experiences and raise awareness of issues that have been affecting them.
Over the course of the series we will be sharing personal accounts of topics we believe many disabled people and those closest to them will be able to relate to. We encourage you to share the stories that you find insightful or relevant to make more people aware of these important issues.
If you would like to get involved in our Voices of Covid series, please contact us and briefly explain the topic you wish to discuss. You will then be contacted by a member of the team to discuss it further.
The stories we've shared
Euan on being judged
Tina on shopping
Karine on mental health
Karis on being locked out
Cath on being a lecturer
Karine on their first trip outside
Paul on preparing to leave home
Kim on making the most of lockdown
Tina on the pause on shielding
Zoe on access to toilets
Tina on 2021 and the new restrictions
Claire on moving and shielding again
I still have a desire to live – The first story from our Voices of Covid series came from Euan, co-founder of Euan’s Guide. Euan looked at how troubling it was that people were being asked to sign ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ forms and how some individuals felt they now had the right to judge the value of people's lives.
Being able to shop for myself stopped overnight when Covid-19 arrived – Getting access to essential items like food has been challenging for many people during lockdown. Tina shared her experience during the first lockdown when she was no longer able to order shopping online for home delivery.
How I look after my mental health in lockdown – Many people have felt that the lockdown and worries around Coronavirus have affected their mental health. Karine shares her experience detailing how her mental health has been impacted by the changes and sharing some of the things that have helped her.
Feeling locked out – Karis shares her experience of shielding and how she feels locked out of society. She talks about the challenges she's faced and how other people's actions are making it harder for her to shield safely.
Will Covid-19 make universities better for disabled students? – Kayleigh shares her experiences of her time at university and what it has been like to complete her course remotely as a disabled student.
Is the "New Normal" Accessible? – Many places are trying to make it easier for people to walk and cycle while maintaining a safe social distance and to make them less reliance on public transport. Tina shares her concerns about what impact this might have on places' accessibility.
Pushing past the fear – Claire tells us about the changes she made to her care rota to make her feel safe and how she managed to get PPE when her usual channels stopped supplying it.
A positive and a negative side to remote health care – Zoe talks about some of her experiences of having virtual consultations with health professionals. She shares some of the advantages as well as one disappointing appointment that left her feeling disheartened.
Remote learning – a disabled staff member’s experience – Following on from Kayleigh's perspective as a disabiled student, we hear from Cath who shares her experience as a disabled person working at a UK university. She talks about lecture capture, issues with teaching online and a lack of consistency when it comes to accessibility at universities.
First trip outside – As lockdown measures began to ease, Karine joined us again to tell us about her first trip outside in over 120 days.
A window on the world – Paul reflects on what lockdown has been like for him and how he has spent his time indoors.
Anything but “vulnerable” – Kim shares her positive lockdown experience and tells us about the number of ways she's been keeping busy.
I'm struggling with the pause on shielding – When Tina came out of shielding, she shared what it was been like for her and some of the worries she has.
A glimpse of reality? – Zoe talks about how Covid-19 might help non-disabled people understand what it is like to not have access to all the facilities and services which people often take for granted. In particular, she talks about having access to suitable toilets.
Our disabled wisdom will get us through this – Starting the series off in 2021, we hear from Tina once more as she shares what she's grateful for despite the frustration of things outwith her control.
Shielding to freedom to shielding again – Claire shares her experience of shielding again after coming out of shielding in July and what it was like to move out at the end of 2020 into her new flat.
Getting my first vaccine – Having had her first Pfizer vaccine, Tina talks practically about what the experience was like.
The worrying rise of assistance dog access refusals – Jonathan, who is registered blind and has a guide dog called Sam, talks about the issue of assistance dog access refusals.
Is there something you’d like to see us cover? Send your suggestions to us and let us know if you’d like to contribute.
You can send us a short description of the topic you would like to see covered in the series to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, we are regularly checking our voicemail so please leave a message on 0131 510 5106 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.