Thousands of deaf and disabled people across the UK have told the BBC of the devastating impact the pandemic has had on their lives.
Most said their disability had worsened and more than 2,400 said routine, often vital, medical appointments had been cancelled. More than 3,300 people took part in the research carried out by the BBC.
Disability charity Scope said the findings confirmed that disabled people’s needs “had been forgotten”. The findings paint, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of a hidden fallout of Covid-19.
Nearly 100 more disabled people also contacted the BBC wanting to share their stories. Many of them had experienced huge physical and mental decline since March 2020.