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Mismatched data, inconsistencies hinder COVID-19 aid for people with disabilities

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Removing barriers: This year’s International Day of People with Disabilities, which falls on Dec. 3, takes “Not all Disabilities are Visible” as its theme, aiming to spread awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, diabetes and cognitive dysfunctions. (Courtesy of Shutterstock /Virinaflora)

The distribution of COVID-19 social aid to people with disabilities in Jakarta has suffered from significant data errors and discrepancies in quality and quantity, a recent survey by Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), in collaboration with disability rights groups, has found. The study, which virtually surveyed 120 people with disabilities living in Jakarta from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20, found that 74 percent of respondents had been impacted by the ongoing pandemic. Of those affected by the health and economic crisis, 42 percent earned less than Rp 1 million (US$70.76) monthly, according to the study, which involved the Association of Indonesian Women with Disabilities (HWDI) and the Association of Indonesian People with Disability (PPID), among others. ICW researcher Dewi Anggraeni said during a webinar on Tuesday that 32 percent of respondents were not registered as recipients of the...