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

International Center for Evidence in Disability

Date: 14 - 17 March 2022

Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (Date and time zone is UK)

COVID-19 has dominated global discourse for the last 18 months as the pandemic impacts everyone, everywhere. There is growing evidence that people with disabilities and their families are particularly at risk during the pandemic, in terms of:  

  1. increased risk of death and hospitalisation;  
  2. exclusion from the COVID-19 response actions (e.g. information and vaccination); 
  3. adverse consequences of COVID-19 control activities (e.g. lockdown and social distancing); and 
  4. negative impacts on health (e.g. reduction in rehabilitation care).  

The Conference seeks to bring together people to discuss and debate Disability and COVID-19. The focus will be on new research findings, methodologies and tools and implications of evidence for policy and practice. The focus will include both low-, middle and high-income settings as well as humanitarian contexts.

The Conference is free for all participants.


What evidence exists on risk of adverse consequences from COVID-19 among people with disabilities?
What difficulties do people with disabilities and their families/carers face in participation in COVID-19 response activities?
Methodological issues in investigating disability and COVID-19
How do we use evidence to inform disability-inclusive COVID-19 response?


  • Professor Hannah Kuper, Professor of Epidemiology and co-Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability  
  • Professor Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research and co-Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability  
  • More speakers to be announced

Abstract submission:

Abstract submission for oral/poster presentation is now open.

Abstracts up to 250 words should be submitted. We will accept abstracts focusing on empirical data from primary research and secondary data analyses, or abstracts that drive theory. We particularly welcome abstracts focusing on the topics outlined above. Restricted to one first author abstract per participant. Deadline for abstract submission 10 February 2022.  

Please download the abstract form and submit to disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.  

Accessibility requirements:

International sign language interpreters and live captioning will be available at the event. If other access needs are required, please let us know and we will do our best to support. Please email disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.

The Conference is free for all participants. Webinar link to follow.