Buenos Aires Times | Pandemic exacerbates challenges facing Argentina’s disabled community


The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost every aspect of normal life, from grocery shopping to work, from exercising to socialising. While the changes, brought on by fear of infection and the state-mandated quarantine –– which has been in place in Argentina since March 20 –– are difficult and inconvenient for everyone, for those living with disabilities across Argentina, the virus crisis has posed a unique threat to their ability to access basic healthcare, education and to their own individual autonomy. 

Disability is prevalent throughout Argentine society, though that prevalence isn’t always represented in policy-making. No less than 12.9 percent of the population of Argentina lives with a permanent difficulty or limitation, according to an INDEC statistics bureau report of 2010 census data. Additionally, disability is present in 30.6 percent of Argentine households, according to official data.  […]

Source: Buenos Aires Times | Pandemic exacerbates challenges facing Argentina’s disabled community



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