This article explores the social policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for adolescents and young people with disabilities in Ethiopia and Jordan. The article draws on qualitative research interviews carried out in person between November and December 2019 and by phone between April and June 2020 with 65 young people with hearing, visual and physical impairments in urban settings in both countries, complemented by interviews with key informants in government and civil society organisations working with young people. Whilst in Jordan social policy on disability is more developed, and in Ethiopia, systems are still embryonic, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the marginalisation of adolescents and young people with disabilities in both contexts as health, education and social protection systems have been slow to mobilise targeted support and address social exclusion. This article identifies social policy gaps in Ethiopia and Jordan that must be addressed in order to support young people with disabilities during crises.
Pincock, K., Jones, N., Baniodeh, K., Iyasu, A., Workneh, F. and Yadete, W. (2022) ‘COVID-19 and social policy in contexts of existing inequality: experiences of youth with disabilities in Ethiopia and Jordan’ Disability & Society (https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2022.2087488)