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The Disabled lockdown experience

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Artwork using watercolour and ink incorporating collaged words throughout the scene. The artwork shows a busy multi-coloured room. On the left hand side of the image a woman with rainbow coloured hair is lying in bed.  On the floor there are: packets of paracetamol; toilet rolls; and a toy clown juggling first aid, corona virus and pound symbols. In the foreground the silhouette of two people stand together at a distance from the bed. A rainbow flows across the room where a television mounted on
Our Covid complicity. © Carrie Ravenscroft for Wellcome Collection.

Francesca Martinez invites four Disabled writers and the mother of a Disabled teenager to share their powerfully personal experiences of lockdown. These compelling and fascinating stories highlight the precarious situation faced by those with complex health issues, and the many challenges involved with keeping safe during a global pandemic. During the first wave, shockingly, Disabled people made up nearly two thirds of UK Covid-19 deaths.