AHS researchers meet with delegation of disability advocates from Lebanon
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment (PRIDE) team was invited by WorldChicago to meet with a delegation of disability advocates from Lebanon on Thursday, Oct. 12. Delegates included two people with disabilities working to advocate for the social inclusion of people with disabilities in Lebanon, a physical therapist who works with people with disabilities, and a Lebanese government official working to address the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.
PRIDE team members present: DHD clinical professor Rooshey Hasnain (PI), OT assistant professor Mansha Mirza (Co-PI), Kathryn Duke (project coordinator) and Daniela Miranda ( a visiting PhD student from Spain).
Discussion topics included:
- Challenges associated with providing services to disabled refugees in the United States
- The rationale for a specific program for refugees with disabilities (rather than just all refugees or all persons with disabilities)
- Why this topic needs attention now more than before
- How the needs of people in this population differ from those in other underserved disabled populations
- Government services for people with disabilities, including refugees (e.g., vocational rehabilitation)
- Funding sources for projects to support refugees with disabilities