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Practical guidance note ERL 2020

Practical guidance note – Inclusion of persons with disabilities in livelihood activities during the COVID-19 response 
In line with the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action,1 persons with disabilities, when provided with individualised supports, should be able to engage in mainstream livelihood activities on an equal basis with others and this includes during the COVID-19 response. Therefore, humanitarian actors should avoid designing or prescribing livelihood activities based on assumptions about the capacities or incapacities of persons with disabilities, remaining cognisant of the extensive diversity of persons with disabilities and their different abilities. Prescribing specific activities for persons with disabilities without meaningful consultation and engagement, can significantly increase risks of harm and violates their right to freedom of choice and equal access to services. Therefore, inclusion of persons with disabilities in livelihood activities during the COIVD-19 response is achieved by following the minimum key steps to programming, with protection principles being at the forefront of all activities. These are detailed below

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Protection - Turkey Cross Border
Original Publication Date: 
15 Sep 2020
Document type: 
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2022