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06 July 2021

DCES launches National COVID-19 survey for persons with disabilities in South Africa

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Are you a person with a disability and want to share your experiences and thoughts about disability and COVID-19 in South Africa? Complete this survey and have your voice heard.

The Institute for Development Studies (UK), the Human Sciences Research Council (SA) and the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (SA) are pleased to announce the launch of the national online survey to understand the socio-economic, wellbeing and human rights-related experiences of people with disabilities in COVID-19 times in South Africa. This survey covers various impairments and disabling circumstances and looks at specific challenges faced by people with disabilities during the pandemic. The survey also elicits ideas for better responses to the needs of people with disabilities in times of crisis.

We are looking for around 4000 responses and encourage you to complete the survey. The survey is only for persons with disabilities, but family members, caregivers and friends can assist them. Parents are encouraged to give their children consent and help them to complete the form. People who complete and submit the form will a voucher to cover the data costs.

Please distribute this link among your family, friends and colleagues who may be disabled, have a disabled child, care for a person with disabilities or work with people with disabilities. The survey will run from 1 July 2021 until 29 July 2021.

UK Research and Innovation fund the study through the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Newton Fund.

For further information and updates, please contact Tim Hart at, Nthabiseng Molongoana at and Mary Wickenden at