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    Reports on Disabilities

    Disabilities

    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.

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    Beirut I: Strengthening Peer Networks for Refugees with Disabilities

    Interventions for Strengthening GBV Prevention and Response for Urban Refugees

    Previous research has demonstrated that refugees with intellectual disabilities living in urban areas face added risks of violence, including GBV, due to the breakdown in protective peer networks, and exclusion activities which might confer access to age- and gender-appropriate information and education. Throughout 2015 and 2016, the WRC partnered with a local organization called the Lebanese Association for Self-Advocacy (LASA) to strengthen protective peer networks for refugees with disabilities living in Beirut. Sessions supported refugees with disabilities living in Beirut to reflect on safety issues, including how these might be different for women, men, girls and boys with disabilities, as well as how these might relate to nationality/country of origin. These sessions also helped to strengthen their protective peer networks in the community. For more information, please see the video entitled Meaningful Programs for Engaging Refugees with Disabilities in Lebanon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYGNk1RuZ-o
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    I See That It Is Possible

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

    An examination of the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing gender-based violence programs, and practices to increase their access.
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    Stories of Change

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

    A collection of first-person accounts from persons with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers.
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    Including Adolescent Girls with Disabilities in Humanitarian Programs

    Principles and Guidelines

    Adolescent girls with disabilities and girls who live in households with persons with disabilities are often overlooked in humanitarian programming. The following principles show how to foster their participation and to strengthen protective assets. This mitigates their risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.
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    "The Woman Can Decide for Herself" | Kakuma, Kenya | English

    The Intersection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Disability

    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.
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    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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    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.
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    Disability Inclusion

    Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

    This report documents positive practices, ongoing challenges and recommendations for promoting disability inclusion in humanitarian programming in eight countries.

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