Ukraine war: Protection and safety of persons with disabilities and their families

Updates from EDF and its members and partners in Ukraine and surrounding countries.

Our latest news on the situation in Ukraine

| Human Rights, Ukraine
Protection and safety of persons with disabilities in Ukraine

24 February 2022: Open letter to the Head of the European Institutions, European, Russian and Ukrainian Heads of State...

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| Human Rights, Ukraine
Appeal from the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine 

The National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine (NADP) on behalf of more than 100 organizations in...

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| Human Rights, Ukraine
Information for Ukrainians arriving in the European Union

This information is available in Ukrainian at the bottom of the page. This information is to be shared...

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| Human Rights, Ukraine
EDF and NADP request a meeting with Commissioner Dalli to discuss EU actions to support children and adults with disabilities in the Ukraine war

The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine (NADP) have sent a letter...

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Ukraine Crisis: A Collaboration for an Inclusive Humanitarian Response 

The following is a joint statement by CBM and the European Disability Forum (EDF).  In the strongest possible...

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Joint contribution to Commissioner Dalli meeting with civil society on support to Ukrainians

The European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, and the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities have...

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EDF and NADP meet Commissioner Dalli to discuss EU actions to support persons with disabilities and their families in the Ukraine war

On March 25, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine...

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UNCRPD Press Release. Ukraine: 2.7 million people with disabilities at risk, UN committee warns

GENEVA (14 April 2022) PRESS RELEASE BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. Ukrainian version on...

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EDF's resolution on Protection and safety of persons with disabilities in the war in Ukraine

On March 11, we adopted a resolution on Protection and safety of persons with disabilities in the war in Ukraine. 

Response from our members and partners

Media

Press conference

On March 10, EASPD, Inclusion Europe and EDF organized a press conference on the situation of persons with disabilities in Ukraine. During the press conference there were interventions by the National Assembly of People with Disabilities in Ukraine and All-Ukrainian NGO Coalition for Persons with Intellectual Disability. You can watch the video below.

Related news

Human Rights Watch – Under Shelling in Kharkiv. People with Disabilities Need to Evacuate Safely. March, 1 2022.
CNN – People with disabilities and mobility issues find themselves trapped in Kyiv. March, 6 2022.
Global News – Disabled people most vulnerable during war. March, 7 2022.
BBC – Chaos, upheaval and exhaustion for Ukraine’s disabled children. March, 8 2022.
MSNBC – Humanitarian efforts aren’t doing enough to evacuate Ukrainians with disabilities. March, 8 2022.
FP2P – The Disabled Ukrainians Doing What the UN Can’t (or Won’t?). March, 9 2022.
Independent – Millions with disabilities ‘abandoned’ in Ukraine, charities fear. March, 10 2022.
The Washington Post – From Ukrainians with disabilities comes a desperate plea: ‘We have no chance without help’. March, 10 2022.
Independent – Have you thought about how disabled Ukrainians are coping in this horrific war? March, 11 2022
The New York Times – 
Evacuating Ukrainians with disabilities presents a range of difficulties. March, 11 2022
Reuters – Fate of Ukrainians with disabilities a ‘crisis within a crisis’. March, 11 2022
CNN – Escaping the horror in Ukraine is not an option for many disabled children and their families. March, 12, 2022
BBC – Visually impaired in Ukraine. March, 15 2022
Time – The Informal International Network Getting Disabled Ukrainians Out of the War Zone. March 31 2022