#DearWorldLive: Addressing Disability Rights During COVID-19

On this episode of #DearWorldLive, we take a look at the new barriers that people with disabilities are facing with the global coronavirus pandemic.

Many people with disabilities are facing new challenges in the global coronavirus pandemic: Some people are more vulnerable due to underlying health conditions, and people who need full-time care find that physical distancing is all but impossible. On April 28th’s episode of #DearWorldLive, we were joined by actress and comedian Maysoon Zayid and five-time Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who discussed what the pandemic means for the disability community.

#DearWorldLive is a new online discussion show from Doha Debates, hosted by Doha Debates’ correspondent and Course Correction host Nelufar Hedayat. Each weekly episode focuses on a different aspect of the coronavirus and its impact on our lives and our world.

How to Participate:

Doha Debates always wants to engage with and hear from young people around the world — like you! Watch live Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Doha on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Livestream viewers can participate and be featured in the show by submitting comments and questions with the hashtag #DearWorldLive.

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Our Participants

Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, writer and disability advocate. She was born in New Jersey to Palestinian immigrant parents and is a champion for equal access to education for children with disabilities worldwide. She co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, had the most viewed TED talk of 2014 and is the author of the best selling memoir, Find Another Dream. In 2010, she realized her childhood dream of tap-dancing on Broadway. In 2019 she achieved another dream when she joined the cast of the TV show General Hospital.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes. She won 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medal over a 16-year athletic career and five Paralympic Games. In 2005, she became Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. In March 2010, Tanni was created a life peer and was conferred as Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. As an independent cross-bench peer she works in the House of Lords on issues such as disability rights and social welfare. 


Nelufar Hedayat

Award–winning journalist and documentary maker