East Asia Disability Studies Forum: Special On-Line Seminar on COVID-19 and Disability in East Asia met on 27 February 2021. The Forum was organized in Chinese, Korean and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation, as well as Japanese Sign Language and captioning.
Two panels, “Equal Access to Healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic” and “Decent Standard of Living & Social Protection during COVID-19 pandemic” had eight rich and informative presentations. The wide perspectives and topics presented included medical rationing (Chen), health rights in Taiwan (Hung), lack of accessibility in Japan (Bookman), higher mortality rate among persons with disabilities in South Korea (Kim), information accessibility as a potential area of work for persons with disabilities (Yasuda), employment in ASEAN and Korea as well as climate change (Jeong), gender experience in China (Peng), and social protection in Taiwan (Lin).
The Forum was privileged to have the keynote address by Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, entitled “COVID-19 and Disability: A War of Two Paradigms”. His video is available on-line until 31 March 2021.
The programme with links to PDF of presentations in English follows.
PANEL ONE “Equal Access to Healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic”
Chair: Ser In-Hwan （Representative, Korean Disability Studies Forum/General Manager, Korea Employment Security Association for the Disabled）
“COVID-19 and medical rationing of persons with disabilities: an Asian exception?” ［PDF］ Chen Bo（Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Macau University of Science and Technology, and also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway.）
“Health equal rights of disabilities under COVID-19 ” ［PDF］ Hung Hsin-Ping（Secretary General, The League For Persons With Disabilities, R.O.C）
“A Historical Analysis of COVID-19 and Strained Support Systems for Disabled People in Japan” ［PDF］ Mark Bookman (Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania/ Visiting Researcher, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo)
“The contact-free era of Covid-19. A discussion on the expansion of the community support system's public character”, ［PDF］ Kim Ho-Sang (Director, Geum-jeong Independent Living Center for the disabled/Representative, Human Rights Forum for the Disabled/A former member of the Korean committee on Human Rights for the Disabled, UN)
PANEL TWO “Decent Standard of Living & Social Protection during COVID-19 pandemic”
Chair: Huang Hwa-Yen (Assistant Professor of Sociology at National Dong Hwa University/Vice Secretary of the Taiwanese Society for Disability Studies)
“COVID-19 and Information Accessibility: Activities of UNI, a Non-Profit Organisation”［PDF］ Yasuda Masayuki (Visiting Researcher, Institute of Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University)
“Employment and Work of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN-Korea in the Post COVID-19 Era”［PDF］ Jeong Ji-Ung (Associate Professor, Department of Christian Social Welfare, Pai Chai University)
“the Experience of women-lead DPO helping vulnerable disabled women in COVID-19”［PDF］ Peng Yujiao (Development director, Beijing Enable Sister Center（BEST）)
“Social protection and income maintenance for people with disabilities during COVID-19 pandemic”［PDF］ Lin Chao-Yin (Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taipei University)