International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

This year, #IDPWD21 celebrates the challenges, barriers, and opportunities for people who live with disabilities, in the context of a global pandemic. We call on domestic and international public health officials, political representatives, advocates, supporters, and every citizen in every community, to learn from the experiences of people living with disabilities during this pandemic, and push for more meaningful investments into the socioeconomic building blocks which will reduce the barriers faced by people with disabilities in every community on earth. With carefully curated book chapters and journal articles, our IDPWD special issue is our part to fight for the rights of people with disabilities in the post-COVID era.


Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Volume 148, June 2021

This paper examines the unintended negative consequence (excess travel) of a policy designed to help children with disabilities obtain access to education.

Bio-Economy and Agri-production Concepts and Evidence 2021, Pages 247-263

This book chapter advances SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG10 Reducing Inequalities by focusing on educationally meaningful methods to develop programs that exploit voice recognition engines, based on cloud services, so that a smartphone device can remotely trigger typical farming actions or query the values of several critical parameters of the farm specifically for the elderly and disabled.

Transportation Research Procedia, Volume 55, 2021

This paper explores the need for and viability of passenger trains including a dedicated carriage for Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM), given the increasing proportion of people in this situation.
Diagram illustrating the coding process employed in this research. Index and analytic codes are bolded and enclosed in rectangular borders. Adjacent codes are co-occurring, or assigned to the same excerpt.

Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Volume 8, November 2020

This paper identifies how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated transport difficulties already faced by people with disabilities, and recommends how planners could respond to mitigate these problems.

Cities, Volume 102, July 2020

Pedestrians with disabilities face significant barriers to community mobility. Only a small percentage of communities have developed barrier removal plans. The quality of plans for the pedestrian environment is low. State level pressure and local advocacy can increase inclusive pedestrian planning. Evaluation and monitoring of plan implementation at the local level is needed.
A diagram of the authors' 3-layer Internet of Things architecture.

Building and Environment, Volume 203, October 2021

Few studies have considered disabled people in the monitoring of thermal comfort, despite the potential for impairments to present thermal requirements that are significantly different from those of an occupant without a disability. These authors build a new prediction model of disabled people’s thermal sensations using a deep neural network.

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Volume 9, November 2021

The findings from this study support SDGs 10 and 3 by suggesting that mental and physical health impairments following COVID-19 hospitalisation are only weakly associated with the severity of the acute illness, and that other underlying mechanisms are involved. There is a potential to stratify and personalise care to reduce the burden of disease after hospitalisation.

Emerging Programs for Autism Spectrum Disorder Improving Communication, Behavior, and Family Dynamics 2021, Pages 243-264

This book chapter advances SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG 10 Reducing Inequalities by reviewing a pilot rehabilitation program for children with a combination of intellectual/autism spectrum disorder and motor disorders.
Diagram showing the age-adjusted cumulative COVID-19 mortality between Jan 24, 2020, and Feb 28, 2021, by disability status and sex. Upper and lower lines of each colour represent the upper and lower bounds of the bootstrapped 95% CI.

The Lancet Public Health, Volume 6, November 2021

This study support SDGs 10 and 3 by showing that rates of death from COVID-19 were higher for disabled people than for non-disabled people, particularly among younger disabled people, disabled women, and people with greater levels of activity limitation. These findings suggest that disabled people should be considered in the COVID-19 response, including in data analysis and implementation of protective measures.
Graph showing number of significant and non-significant average effects reported across 36 meta-analyses of the effects of physical activity interventions on different health outcomes among children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities.

The Lancet, Volume 398, 31 July 2021

This paper supports SDGs 3 and 10 by highlighting that people living with disabilities are 16–62% less likely to meet current physical activity guidelines than the general population, with direct consequences for their cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness, cardiometabolic risk factors, and brain and mental health outcomes. This paper emphasises the need for coordinated efforts, policies, and tailored interventions to ensure all people living with disabilities worldwide are able to fully participate in physical activity.