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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.

SRH and disabilities Uganda, photographs used in research

To gauge how refugees with disabilities perceived various treatment towards persons with disabilities, 24 photographs of the community were taken for participants to sort as to whether the locations or persons were seen as safe, unsafe or both.

Published: November 04, 2014
Modified: November 21, 2014

“We have a right to love”: The Intersection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Disability for Urban Refugees in Kampala, Uganda

A qualitative examination of the specific risks, needs and barriers that refugees with disabilities face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services—and of their capacities and practical ways to overcome these challenges. Findings are based on findings from urban refugees in Kampala, Uganda.


“WE HAVE A RIGHT TO LOVE”

An evaluation of sexual and reproductive health access and knowledge among urban refugees in Kampala, Uganda

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Appendices

Photos and images used in this research to gauge participants' perceptions.

Photographs | Images of Cards

Reports for Contributors

Swahili | Somali | Kinyarwanda

Published: October 24, 2014
Modified: November 21, 2014

“The woman can decide for herself”: The Intersection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Disability for Refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

A qualitative examination of the specific risks, needs and barriers that refugees with disabilities face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services—and of their capacities and practical ways to overcome these challenges. Findings are based on findings from camp-based refugees in Kakuma, Kenya.


“The woman can decide for herself”

An evaluation of sexual and reproductive health access and knowledge among camp-based refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

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Appendices

Photos and images used in this research to gauge participants' perceptions.

Violence Image Cards | Photographs

Reports for Contributors

Swahili | Somali | English | Arabic

Published: October 24, 2014
Modified: November 25, 2014

Sharing and Learning on the Inclusion of Aging and Disability in the Syrian Crisis

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:

  • Share examples of disability and aging inclusion from different countries involved in the Syrian crisis response;
  • Discuss ongoing barriers and challenges; and
  • Explore strategies to optimize capacity development, sharing and learning across the sector as the crisis continues to evolve.

This document summarizes the findings from this meeting with stakeholders, as well as the recommendations for future capacity development.


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English | العربية (Arabic) | Accessible/Microsoft Word |

Published: August 05, 2014
Modified: October 09, 2014

Disabilities Discussion Tool for Field Workers

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.


Download the English Version (Not Editable)

Disabilities Discussion Tool for Field Workers

Download the Editable Version (for Translation)

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.

Disabilities Discussion Tool for Field Workers (Translatable Version)

Published: April 21, 2014
Modified: August 20, 2014

Building Capacity for Disability Inclusion in Gender-based Violence Programs in Humanitarian Settings

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.


Download the Pilot Country Reports

North Caucasus | Ethiopia | Burundi (English) | Burundi (French) | Jordan

Published: January 17, 2014
Modified: August 06, 2014

Disability Inclusion in the Syrian Refugee Response in Lebanon

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.


Disability Inclusion in the Syrian Refugee Response in Lebanon

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.

Executive Summary | Full 2013 Report

Follow-up Field Visit Summary

This summary describes the findings and next steps from the WRC’s third field visit to Lebanon in the early of 2014 conducted in partnership with UNHCR Lebanon. It provides recommendations to strengthen disability inclusion in community outreach and case management training or capacity development.

Field Visit Summary

Positive practices in disability inclusion

During this follow-up field visit, the WRC identified and documented positive practices for disability inclusion in community center and outreach programming, in partnership with UNHCR and its partners in Lebanon.

We All Have a Role (UNHCR) | Socialize, Not Stigmatize.pdf (IMC) | It Starts with Building Trust (InterSOS) | Taking a Team Approach (Caritas)

Published: July 10, 2013
Modified: October 09, 2014

INDIVIDUAL CASE MANAGEMENT – IDENTIFYING AND RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (Training Tools)

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.

Published: July 02, 2013
Modified: August 20, 2014

Building Capacity for Disability Inclusion in Gender-based Violence (GBV) Programming in Humanitarian Settings

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.


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Building capacity for disability inclusion in gender based violence (GBV) programming in humanitarian settings (overview)

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Burundi (English) | Burundi (French) | Ethiopia | Jordan | North Caucasus

Published: June 27, 2013
Modified: August 07, 2014

Gender-Based Violence Among Displaced Women and Girls with Disabilities: Findings From Field Visits 2011-2012

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.

Published: February 27, 2013
Modified: August 20, 2014

Gender-Based Violence and Disability in Displacement Settings (Presentation)

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. 


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Gender-Based Violence and Disability in Displacement Settings (PowerPoint)

Download the PDF

Gender-Based Violence and Disability in Displaced Settings (PDF)

Published: February 26, 2013
Modified: August 20, 2014

Disability Inclusion in Program for Refugees and Displaced People (PowerPoint Presentation)

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.

Published: December 06, 2012
Modified: August 07, 2014

Disabilities Among Refugees and Conflict-affected Populations

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.


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Disabilities Among Refugees and Conflict-affected Populations

Download the Executive Summary

Executive Summary Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations

Download the Resource Kit for Field Workers

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.

Disabilities Among Refugees and Conflict-affected Populations: Resource Kit for Fieldworkers

Published: February 01, 2010
Modified: August 20, 2014

Resource Kit: Disabilities Among Refugees & Conflict-Affected Populations

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.

Published: February 01, 2010
Modified: August 20, 2014

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children Releases Landmark Report on Refugees

The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children today released “Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations,” the first major report to address the critical needs of a virtually invisible population: refugees and people displaced within their own countries who suffer from physical, sensory or mental disabilities.
Published: June 23, 2008
Modified: May 01, 2010