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The deafblind people and the absolute isolation in quarantine: Not abbandonateci
ROME. The severe health emergency in the course caused by the Coronavirus forces deafblind people to a condition of absolute isolation, due to the restrictions imposed by the measures of containment of the pandemic. Given the impairment of the sensory, in fact, these people mainly use touch to communicate and get to know the surrounding environment and, in a moment in which the recommendation is to maintain the safety distance, this represents for them an additional, huge obstacle. Difficulties experienced by families of people with disabilities submitted that, since the views close to all support services, have been left to manage extremely complex situations.

Francesco Mercurio, president of the committee of deafblind people of the Lega del Filo d'oro, launches an appeal to the institutions: "do Not forget us! For us, the feel of it is vista, and for some of us, even a lot more. Yet we are called to choose: ask for help, and to run and to take risks - or to give up? We are forced to live with a sense of guilt that takes away the sleep - to those people who, inevitably, need to get in touch with us, the assistants, and also seeking to involve at a minimum for their and my safety."

The Lega del Filo d'oro, in 2019, followed about 950 users in the different services, of which 7% are people over 65 years of age and 3% are children between 0 and 4 years, which often present a clinical picture of the complex. The deafblind people and pluriminorate psicosensoriali, as well as all the ones that have chronic degenerative diseases, pluridisabilità and, more in general, a clinical picture already compromised, they represent one of the categories most exposed to the risk of contracting the "Coronavirus”, but they are also more vulnerable to the social consequences arising from the serious epidemic in progress.

in general, it is estimated that in our Country there are nearly 190,000 persons with disabilities related to sight and hearing (the studio Istat for the Lega del Filo d'oro, 2016), and that more than half are in need of continuous assistance. The expansion of the epidemic of the Coronavirus, for them and their caregivers, it is therefore extremely risky.

"we do Not ask for exceptions to the legislation, we are aware that the virus does not allow that. However, - continues Marcurio - the contact represents for us a matter of vital importance and we would like that this close proximity is necessary for communication of essential things, and to carry out the activities of daily life, took place in security for us and for the people who help us".

Francis, born in 1980, he was born blind and became deaf at the age of ten years. These days it is experiencing a condition of particular difficulty and concern due to the restrictions imposed by the measures of containment of coronavirus: "This situation, difficult for all, puts to the test those who already lived a difficult life before. The characteristic of this virus, in fact, is that you can transmit even with the contact of the hands. And this is excruciating for those who, like us deafblind people, through touch focuses, and communicates with the world. For us to have access to health prevention, it is necessary to loosen the grip of isolation to which we were confined".

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