Reports on Disability

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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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"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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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.
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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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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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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.
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Gender-based Violence Against Children and Youth with Disabilities Toolkit

Child- and Youth-Led Participatory Assessment

Children and youth with and without disabilities take a leading role in these participatory activities, assessing the GBV-related needs of girls, boys, young women and young men with disabilities in their community. The youth identify community-led strategies to prevent or reduce the risk of violence and design protection and empowerment activities. The result is accurate and actionable information, effective programs, and protective peer networks.

These participatory assessment tools are part of the larger Gender-based Violence Against Children and Youth with Disabilities Toolkit

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Gender-based Violence Against Children and Youth with Disabilities Toolkit

Capacity Development Tools

These tools help humanitarian staff learn to include children and youth with disabilities in their daily programming. They increase knowledge and encourage staff to reflect on how attitudes toward disability--both others' attitudes and their own--influence their work.

Many organizations are integrating children and youth with disabilities inclusion. These tools support staff to reflect on progress, highlight successes, and explore solutions.

These capacity development tools are part of the larger Gender-based Violence Against Children and Youth with Disabilities Toolkit.

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