The response to the COVID-19 pandemic in NSW has disrupted our ability to move around and gather together at different times. It has meant a significant change in the way we live and how we engage with each other.
It has also meant that services have been disrupted at times - including services to people with disability, such as:
- disability residential accommodation
- respite accommodation services
- employment - including Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE)
- education and training
- day programs
- public transport and disability-specific travel services
- disability supports at home
- other disability services such as disability-related or other health supports, access to the community, attendance at medical and other appointments etc.
Because of the nature of their disability and other medical history, some people with disability are more vulnerable to serious complications if they become ill with COVID-19.
It is essential that transmission of the SARS-Cov-2 virus is minimised to prevent illness in the general community, including people with disability. The strategies to reduce transmission include enhanced infection prevention and control procedures.
NSW Health wishes to acknowledge the significant efforts of disability support providers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for their residents/clients.