People with disabilities, or ” long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments” as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, may experience hindered participation in society.
Immigrants and refugees with disabilities may experience other additional challenges. For example, with limited awareness of disability rights and resources available to them in Canada, and with differential access to resettlement resources due to attitudinal, physical and social barriers, this population may not have access to health care and psycho social support.
In this webinar, Dr. Yahya El-Lahib will discuss some of the limitations, barriers and systemic challenges that affect the settlement experiences of immigrants and refugees with disabilities, along with an exploration of ways that settlement, social and health service providers can aim to improve practices in efforts to facilitate effective access to services for newcomers with disabilities.
This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.