Parenting is never easy, but parenting during a pandemic poses entirely different challenges. The burden is especially unique for parents of children with disabilities, as they take over both roles, that of parents and caregivers.
To ease and help parents cope with these challenges, UNESCO New Delhi and the UNESCO Chair in Community Management of Disabilities (University of Calicut) have launched a booklet for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, entitled Life in the Times of COVID-19: A Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities.
The guide explains and illustrates the different aspects that a parent/caregiver must take into account while taking care of children with disabilities. It also addresses the need to maintain the mental health of such parents/caregivers and their various duties and responsibilities, during these unusual times.
Children with disabilities may have underlying health conditions that increase their risk of serious complications from COVID-19. In addition, with regular operations of schools and businesses coming to a halt, the inaccessibility to therapy and support for these children may exert effects that are long lasting and significant. As such, it becomes equally important to take care of their physical as well as mental health.
More information can be found here.