Resources for addressing the needs and maximizing the potential of refugees and displaced persons who have disabilities. This includes the first major report on the subject, as well as field tools and practical guidance for field staff.
This report documents positive practices and ongoing challenges to promote disability inclusion across UNHCR's and its partners' work in multiple countries and multiple displacement contexts.
The report provides lessons and recommendations for other organizations and the wider humanitarian community on engaging persons with disabilities at all levels of humanitarian work. It draws on consultations with over 700 displaced persons—including persons with disabilities, their families, and humanitarian staff—in eight countries.
An estimated 22 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon have impairments. Older persons constitute five percent of the Syrian community in host countries. In May 2014, UNHCR, Handicap International, HelpAge International and the Women’s Refugee Commission convened and facilitated a one-day meeting in Amman, Jordan to:
This document summarizes the findings from this meeting with stakeholders, as well as the recommendations for future capacity development.
This discussion tool is designed to help raise awareness among community workers, volunteers and displaced people about increasing access and inclusion for persons with disabilities in refugee and displacement contexts. It can be used by staff of organizations working with refugees and displaced persons, as well as community leaders and disability associations conducting sensitization with the wider refugee community.
The tool illustrates common barriers experienced by persons with disabilities in displacement contexts, as well as positive practices or approaches to promote inclusion.
This version of the discussion tool is made so that you can translate the text into any language. You can then use or share both printed and digital versions in your local language.
This summary report describes the findings from group discussions with persons with disabilities and care-givers, and proposed actions to strengthen disability inclusion in GBV activities in Jordan.
Summary reports are also available for Burundi, Ethiopia and Northern Caucasus.
This report presents the key findings and recommendations from a four-week field assessment conducted in Spring 2013. Key findings are shared about the situation of Syrian refugees with disabilities, and recommendations are provided to UNHCR and partners.
This package of training tools was piloted by WRC in Lebanon with UNHCR and its implementing partners. It includes a PowerPoint presentation on case management for persons with disabilities, as well as a series of handouts. The handouts include several case studies and an overview document.
The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) are currently conducting a two-year project to contribute to the evidence base on effective strategies for disability inclusion in GBV prevention and response in humanitarian contexts. The project will: (1.) Identify the gaps and opportunities for disability inclusion in GBV prevention and response programs. (2.) Pilot and evaluate actions to promote accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities in GBV programs in three humanitarian contexts. (3.) Document and share effective strategies for disability inclusion.
Summary reports are available for Jordan, Burundi, Ethiopia and Northern Caucasus.
From 2011 – 2014, the Women's Refugee Commission partnered with UNHCR on the implementation of guidance on working with persons with disabilities in forced displacement. This document summarizes findings from field visits relating to the vulnerability of women and girls with disabilities to gender-based violence.
This presentation describes findings from the Women's Refugee Commission's work with persons with disabilities relating to gender-based violence. It is based on a 2011 – 2014 partnership between the Women's Refugee Commission and UNHCR, concerning the implementation of guidance on working with persons with disabilities in forced displacement.
A training for UNHCR staff, implementing partners and disability stakeholders at field levels. This PowerPoint is an outline of a 3-day training developed by the Women's Refugee Commission to raise awareness and facilitate participation of people with disabilities in community decision-making.
This foundational report is one of the first thorough examinations of the challenges that face refugees with disabilities, and the unique capacities that they have to overcome these challenges.
Based on field research in five refugee situations, as well as global desk research, the report maps existing services for displaced persons with disabilities, identifies gaps and good practices and makes recommendations on how to improve services, protection and participation for displaced persons with disabilities. It also includes a Resource Kit geared toward UN and nongovernmental organization (NGO) field staff working with displaced persons with disabilities.
A companion piece to the report, this resource kit is geared toward UN and nongovernmental organization (NGO) field staff working with displaced persons with disabilities.
A companion piece to the report "Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-affected Populations," this resource kit provides practical guidance for UNHCR and humanitarian agency field staff. Major recommendations include making refugee camps accessible to people with disabilities and ensuring that they have full and equal access to the mainstream services that other refugees receive.