6th International Conference on Disability and Development: Disability and COVID-19

Thank you to the more than 300 people who joined our 6th international conference on disability and development: Disability and COVID-19, 14 -17 March 2022. It was wonderful learning about the wealth of evidence that has been gathered on Disability and COVID-19.

Recordings of conference are now available to watch. Please feel free to catch up on anything that you missed on event page.


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April Newsletter

Dear friends,
A key focus of our work is to build the capacity of researchers with disabilities, particularly from low resource settings. We are proud of the progress of our three existing African students with disabilities funded through the PENDA grant. They will soon be joined by Luthfi Azizatunnisa as another PhD student with disabilities, this time from Indonesia. We are now advertising a new PhD fellowship for an African student with disabilities to work in Uganda. The deadline is April 4. However, watch this space as a second PhD fellowship for a student with disabilities from Africa will be released in the next month.
Thank you to the more than 300 people who joined our 6th international conference on disability and development: Disability and COVID-19 last month. It was wonderful learning about the wealth of evidence that has been gathered on Disability and COVID-19. You will be able to to catch up on anything that you missed on our website soon. A particular thank you to Georgie, Sabrina and Morgon for all their hard work in making the event a success. Of course, COVID is not over. Read the CNN article featuring Tom considering the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities, and those who may become newly disabled from long-COVID.
A notable presentation in the conference was by Dr Kiril Sharapov on the experience of people with disabilities in Ukraine during the pandemic, drawing on his research, but also reflecting on the current crisis. ICED Dr PH student Phil Sheppard has produced a blog this month to explain Why we must not forget older people and people with disabilities in Ukraine.
Please read on for more news on papers and projects!
With best wishes,

Hannah and Tom

PENDA logo 300

PENDA is a major ICED project, funded by FCDO, aiming to increase evidence to support disability inclusive development. We will focus on developing people, knowledge and tools.
Some updates on PENDA this month…
We were busy last month running the 6th international conference on disability and development: Disability and COVID-19. We were joined by more than 300 delegates, to learn from around 100 contributions about Disability and COVID-19. Access all the information here shortly. 


New publications from our group...

Hannah Kuper, Calum Davey and others present data and use models to show that A focus on disability is necessary to achieve HIV epidemic control in this months Lancet HIV.

Veronika Reichenberger and colleagues explored the use of "Participatory Visual Methods with caregivers of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome in Colombia: A case study" in Wellcome Open. In particular, she focuses on different video approaches, drawing on her experience as a visual anthropologist.
Tom Shakespeare and colleague provide all the answers in their chapter on Frameworks, models, theories and experiences for understanding disability in the Oxford Handbook on Sociology of Disability.
Jamie Danemayer, Dorothy Boggs, Sarah Polack, and others produced a massive scoping review of almost 500 records on “Measuring assistive technology supply and demand” in Assistive Technology.
Hannah Kuper, Tracey Smythe and colleagues reflect on the question of “Should disability-inclusive health be a priority in low-income countries? A case-study from Zimbabwe” in Global Health Action. It draws on data from the recent study on COVID-19 to make the case for the answer being yes!

Other publications

Evidence Briefs from the Disability Evidence Portal:

The Disability Evidence Portal includes evidence-based briefs to guide policy makers on different topics.
This month… read “What works to improve healthcare professionals competency on disability?” One important action highlighted is to include training on disability competency in medical curricula, led by people with disabilities themselves. Continue on to the Disability Evidence Portal to read more than 30 evidence briefs, or pose a new question to be answered.

Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM

You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.

Other things of interest

Work Experience Programme at ICED

We are delighted to have been awarded an LSHTM Equality Diversity and Inclusion Grant to continue our work experience scheme for people with disabilities seeking experience in research. This year we will be offering three placements with ICED as well as other teams at LSHTM. Please contact us here if you would like to find out more about this opportunity.

Have you seen this?

Listen to Tom Shakespeare’s lecture on Models of Disability, with a side order of the Life of Brian (35 minutes).

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Work experience with ICED

Over the last few years, we have had candidates contribute to our research projects by undertaking surveys, writing systematic reviews, completing desk research and much more.

This is an opportunity for candidates to gain work experience in research within an academic setting. The programme is one month in duration (with the possibility of being extended) and is currently being run remotely.

We can only take on new applicants based on our capacity, and we will also strongly consider the following applicants:

  • People with disabilities 
  • An interest in pursuing a career in research 
  • Preference given to people from LMICs
  • People holding a Bachelor’s degree (minimum), ideally a Master’s degree. 

If you’re interested in applying, please complete the application form for consideration of the programme.


COVID-19 Support and Guidance

The  situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing. We have gathered a list of resources about COVID-19 to share with caregivers, children & young people and education, health and social care practitioners to navigate the dynamic situation of the COVID-19 response, and the many impacts that it will have. We hope that they are helpful and we will continue to add new resources as they become available. 

  • Information on how parent groups have been run post ‘lock-down’ in Rwanda can be found here and we provide guidelines on what to consider to run groups safely in the context of COVID-19 here.
  • A range of free digital COVID-19 educational resources for children: download Axel Scheffler’s book here and a copy of Lydia Monk’s book can be downloaded here (Information about how these resources were created is found here).
  • Share your story and contribute to voices of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak here: voices.
  • LSHTM’s free online course for anyone who is interested to learn about what we know about COVID-19, and how we should respond to the outbreak: free online course.
  • A course that introduces COVID-19, created for teenagers and young adults, is at: free online course for 14-16 year olds.
  • Presentation from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability: making the response disability-inclusive
  • Paper on what we can learn from a disability inclusive response
Working with parent groups – a training resource for facilitators and caregivers

These manuals (Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy, Juntos and ABAANA EIP) aim to increase knowledge and skills in caring for a child with developmental disabilities. Research highlighted the significant needs of the caregivers, and how they can gain a huge amount of support from meeting with each other in an understanding environment.

It promotes a participatory learning approach with an emphasis on working with groups and the empowerment of parents and caregivers.

 Download the manual (in various languages)

“Before, my family and people in my community used to say ‘this child’s suffering is a result of parent’s sin’. After taking the training I have explained what causes cerebral palsy to others. Now, no-one says anything like this.” 
Parent, Sirajganj, Bangladesh

Animated videos

Animated videos on child development and developmental disability

Download and use these animated videos from ICED on child developmental and developmental disability, with versions in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The first of these videos provides information on child development across different domains and considers how this process can be disrupted for some children. The second explores the challenges and barriers in the lives of people with a developmental disability, and how support strategies can help an individual better participate in their community. 

Please use these videos in your own teaching, support groups or in any other forum, appropriately acknowledging the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The videos are available in English, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.

View the English videos below:

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:25
Wed, 03/17/2021 - 10:26

View the English videos with subtitles here:

View the Portuguese (Brazil) videos with subtitles here:

View the Spanish videos with subtitles here:


Supporting Families Affected by Zika virus

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Global Health and Disability

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Video: Welcome to the course

Week 1: Disability and its importance to the global development agenda

Video: Welcome to week 1

Video & teaching slides: Why does disability matter globally?

Video:  Why does disability matter – Personal perspectives

Article: Why does disability matter – individual case studies

Article: Why does disability matter to International Development? Part 1

Article: Nothing about us without us

Video: What does disability mean – personal perspectives

Video: Attitudes to disability

Video: What does disability mean – a framework

Article: Measuring disability: Why would you want to and how do you do it?

Video: What is the relationship between impairments and disability?

Video: what are the common impairments related to disability?

Article: Why does impairment matter?

Video: Summary of week 1

Video: Welcome to week 2