In response to concerns about the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the growing refugee crisis, II has contacted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on Disability to raise awareness and to call for action. We are also collaborating with Human Rights Watch.
II’s members in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Europe are confronting this crisis on a daily basis. We know that persons with intellectual disabilities and their families are among the most vulnerable in these situations.
We are working closely with our member in Lebanon, the Lebanese Association for Self-Advocacy (LASA), on this issue. LASA is working directly with refugee families and persons with intellectual disabilities in Lebanon. They have conveyed to us the difficult conditions families are experiencing and the urgency for action.
We are compiling resources for people trying to reach refugees with intellectual disabilities and their families.
- DFID- Humanitarian Guidance Note Ageing and Disability in Humanitarian Response
- Women’s Refugee Commission- Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict – Affected Populations
- Women’s Refugee Commission- Disability Inclusion in the Syrian Refugee Response in Lebanon
- Handicap International- Disability Checklist for Emergency Response
- Handicap International- Disability in humanitarian context – Views from affected people and field organisations
- INEE- Education in Emergencies: Including Everyone
- UNHCR- Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacements
- UNHCR- Turkey: Special Needs (video)
We would be grateful for any resources you might be able to share with us. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to share resources.