Firstly, we would like to thank the project funders: The National Emergencies Trust and Disability Action. The NET Coronavirus Appeal funding allowed us to reach out and offer additional support (if needed) to minority communities that we may not have otherwise been able to reach. It also allowed us as an organisation to see and learn how far we could reach with the survey; by looking at alternative ways of collecting the data and ensuring it was completely accessible to all.
Secondly, we would like to thank all the respondents of our survey – without the diverse range of responses and conversations we had with disabled people, we would not have been able to ensure that this report was a true reflection of the feelings of the community. These are authentic voices of disabled people taken by an authentic disabled people’s organisation.
I would also like to take this moment to thank my DENW colleague, Georgina Joyce. Gena has been a great asset to the research project. By being the voice on the telephone, it allowed those that were unable to complete the research electronically or via video call to make sure that their experiences were heard and recorded anonymously. It also meant that participants could be signposted to other support that they may not have known was available to them.