Refugees with special needs and disabilities

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Persons with disabilities differ, and their abilities and needs vary, and the ways in which they contribute to society differ. When crises occur, they are at risk of discrimination, exploitation and violence and have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance.

Institutions, organizations and volunteers work to ensure that these people obtain basic services and provide them with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities for the benefit of them and their families and communities.

Can anyone find examples of how people are helping refugees with disabilities?

What are the methods that can be followed to reduce their suffering?

These are all questions that need answers from the ground, as we cannot marginalize these people.

Comments (26)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    25 Apr 2022

    This is a really good question, willing_imagination, and it invites other students to do research. I'm interested to hear what they find out!

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Apr 2022

    Some refugees and migrants with special needs suffer from a type of disability since their birth, while wars or forced displacements have caused them to suffer a disability, and refugees are the most vulnerable group to prejudice and discrimination.
    To overcome this, train volunteers working for refugees with special needs, for example, train 15-16 volunteers to work with refugees with sensory or mental disabilities or who have mobility problems, some of the volunteers are themselves refugees. In one exercise, volunteers wear goggles that make them look blind and are given a stick like blind people. The trainees practice walking once with a ball and once by passing through traffic cones, so that the volunteers experience the nature of daily life for those with vision difficulties.

    The organization's volunteers advise refugees or engage them in activities such as going to a movie theater or taking a walk. These activities are especially useful for refugee children with special needs because they may be harassed at school or in refugee reception centers, and it is a good way to enable them to connect with the community.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      appreciative_pear's comment 25 Apr 2022

      I agree with you about what you say about training people to deal with this segment of refugees and having the ability to teach them how to protect themselves from exploitation, but someone else might say what is the point of making an effort with this group that is hard to train in return, someone says though There are many people who have a problem, whether mental or physical, but have a privileged presence in society despite their disability.

    2. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      appreciative_pear's comment 27 Apr 2022

      I agree with appreciative_pear about making more effort to help refugees who have disabilities. It is important to help refugees with disabilities as they have special needs when compared to refugees without disabilities. We need to respond specially to refugees special needs.

      Someone who disagrees with me might say that it is not important to put in more effort to help refugees with disabilities or to give them special help because of their special needs just because because they are disabled and have more trouble doing things that ordinarily, able-bodied people are able to do.

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        constructive_moth's comment 27 Apr 2022

        Yes, it is true, this category needs more care than others, and from the beginning I said that they must be taken care of to prevent their exploitation. You and I agree on the importance of taking care of them and providing them with the highest levels of assistance.

    3. British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      appreciative_pear's comment 29 Apr 2022

      I agree with you, he appreciates the pear because they need a lot of care, in addition to that they need continuous care to not deteriorate their condition, and they need treatment and medicines to help them improve and increase the stability of their health status. Refugees should be provided with protection, safety and care as well, because it is the most important thing that must be taken care of.

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        genuine_memory's comment 29 Apr 2022

        Yes, dear, this is a group that needs support and attention more than others.

      2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        genuine_memory's comment 30 Apr 2022

        Also, health insurance for people with special needs helps alleviate their suffering
        People with special needs enjoy the health insurance system benefits that other people enjoy, as insurance companies cover most of the costs of medicine, medical treatment, acupuncture, physical therapy and other known treatment methods, and aids such as walking aids and others

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          appreciative_pear's comment 03 May 2022

          And I support this saying that the existence of health insurance greatly reduces the meaning of such a category. When treatment and equipment are available for these people, they feel that they are part of society and expend better energy, and they may have a place in it.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Apr 2022

    I think they can be helped refugees with special needs
    Through: Facilities for studying in universities:
    Most universities allocate some seats for people with special needs, and there are some branches that people with special needs can study regardless of their high school average.
    Each university has a special section to help students with special needs, in addition to the existence of laws in the examination system to take into account the health conditions of students with disabilities.
    Health insurance for people with special needs
    People with special needs in Germany's health insurance system enjoy the advantages that other people enjoy, as insurance companies cover most of the costs of medicine, medical treatment, acupuncture, physical therapy and other known treatment methods, and aids such as walking aids and others

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      appreciative_pear's comment 25 Apr 2022

      I agree with you, my friend, with these solutions. If we give this segment more importance, there will be an opportunity for them to live a better life, and as you said, if university places are available for them, this is an incentive for them to reach their goals and aspirations.

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    28 Apr 2022

    I think that we can help refugees with special needs by opening special clubs and taking care of them by providing facilities in all areas of life. We can also train them, develop their skills at work, develop their talents, and integrate them into society. If one of them has a talent in making products, we must market their products.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      fabulous_flight's comment 28 Apr 2022

      I agree with you on this statement. How many people with special needs have given an example. In my country there is a person with Down syndrome who works in a five star hotel as a receptionist. This supports the statement that proper attention and care lead to fruitful results.

  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy crafty_peach | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
    29 Apr 2022

    You can help people with bad English to become an English Tutor. Some a tour guide ,donating money, furniture and household items, help the local, urging your elected officials to support refugee and there is many more ideas to help refuges in the hard world we live in.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      crafty_peach's comment 29 Apr 2022

      It is more than wonderful. I agree with you that there will be teachers who teach refugees English, this helps them to adapt to the new environment, and no one can take advantage of them because they do not know how to communicate with the local population because of the language. Not knowing the language is a big dilemma for the refugee.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    29 Apr 2022

    When we talk of people with special needs, we also mean people with lifelong conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and others. The COVID-19 Pandemic can make refugees suffering from these illnesses more at risk because their immune system is not as strong as healthy refugees. So, it can be good for refugees suffering lifelong illnesses to be donated COVID-19 vaccines and to be given checkups every week, and not to be visited by many people in case any of them have contracted the virus.
    Joe Biden, the President of America, has expanded the Covid-19 vaccination outside the borders of America and refugees are benefiting from it as of now.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      rational_grape's comment 29 Apr 2022

      You said it right, my friend, and these people also need special care, because they need moral support to live with their diseases, and the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact not only on the sick but on the healthy.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Apr 2022

    Their suffering can be alleviated through
    Facilities for studying at universities:
    Most universities allocate some seats for people with special needs, and there are some branches that people with special needs can study regardless of their high school average.
    In each university, there is a special section to help students with special needs, in addition to the existence of laws in the examination system to take into account the health conditions of students with disabilities.

  • St Michael's Middle School crafty_land | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    04 May 2022

    I think that refugees with disabilities are often overlooked, I think this is because a refugee crisis or situation is looked at as a whole and the victims grouped together. Just because people are in a similar situation does not mean that their personal needs are the same, we do need to help everyone who has been targeted but it is also important to specifically help those who need it more.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    04 May 2022

    For what I said is true so it must pay more attention to this vulnerable group

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    05 May 2022

    I love art and I think the best way of helping a refugee is if you can't speak out in front of everyone, you can use art to speak up for yourself. Diala Brisly makes art and the most intriguing ones I saw were titled Leave Us and Be my leg - I will be your arm. I am going to explain them and give you a link below for the images/site.

    Leave Us.
    This was a drawing of a boy who lost his arm and a leg during fleeing a conflict and he had this balloon that he was holding in which if you see it from a particular perspective, it will look like blood but it's just paint poured on the paper to make a drip effect.

    Be my leg- I will be your arm.
    This fantastic art was made by Diala and I love it the most because it shows that refugees with disabilities don't only need people's help but their refugee friends who understand them, and who will and can give them physical and emotional support. The art was of a boy who lost his arm standing behind a girl with both arms but doesn't have one leg. I guess you are now getting the point. The girl with both arms shows that she will be his arm while the boy who has both legs means he is her leg because they both have a different thing to help one another.

    You can find her work here and look for the ones I mentioned in this comment: bbc.com/news/magazine-35847632

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      rational_grape's comment 11 May 2022

      No matter how painful the reality of the refugees, but their will for life can not be shaken and defying all the difficulties and represents the fuel that moves them to overcome all the adversity they have suffered and memories that may be painful for some of them. This was the case for Tariq Suwaidan, the Syrian singer who fled with his wife and three children to Egypt in 2013.
      "Music creates a very nice atmosphere, people exchange cultures with each other through music"

      Tariq was established orchestra in 1997, and was called "dream", but he had to leave the "dream" because of the war, but this was not an obstacle for him to fulfill his dream and his ambition. Having lived in Egypt for a period of five years, Tariq, with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), released eight albums singing, in addition to concerts in different cities in Egypt.
      Tariq says, "I see my achievements in songs and theater and the reaction of the public." "Art is all that remains our almost."

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    10 May 2022

    Have all heard of sports that people with disabilities participate in. They are called Paralympics. Refugees with disabilities could join these sports and benefit from them greatly. Refugee Olympics were made and it was bad that refugees who participated in sports but got some bad disabilities caused by war could not continue with sports that's when the Paralympics were given to refugees and now they could continue with the sport. I learned that the world's most courageous refugee sports team was revealed in a heart-warming video featuring Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies, among others. I think that was good of the Coldplay band.

    The ideas were from the link:

    https://olympics.com/en/news/refugee-paralympic-team-announced-tokyo-2020

    #StandWithUkraine

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      rational_grape's comment 11 May 2022

      Among the 26 athletes from refugees around the world selected by the International Olympic Committee to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, with a portion of the Arab refugees, including one who had to push a wooden boat that sank while trying to escape from the war .

      Participants will compete in 12 sports as part of their grant, which is a powerful message of solidarity and hope, and to raise more awareness about the plight of more than 80 million displaced people around the world. "

      The UN High Commissioner for Refugees VP Olympic Refugees said: “They are a privileged group of people who inspire the world… surviving war, persecution and anxiety from those who live outside their countries is already making an extraordinary character.”

      “These athletes embody the hopes and aspirations of more than 80 million people around the world who have had wars of immigration and persecution… They serve as a reminder that everyone deserves a chance to succeed in life”, oimkn learn more by https:// www.alhurra.com

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    11 May 2022

    I believe that the most influential weapon on this planet is words. To help these refugees speech could be done on global platforms to invite people to help and aid, a word could leave a huge emotional print on people to feel these refugees, especially if this speech came from a person who has an influence on people. Luma Mufleh, a public speaker, went on a platform and said her speech about refugees under a title: " Don't Feel Sorry for Refugees, Believe in Them" Luma tells her story of being refugee in an emotional way, she tells her experience and how she went to the refugees camp and saw a painful view how refugees are suffering. So yes, the having a speech to people in such influential way can have its great impacts on everybody to try and help.
    Link of the video: https://youtu.be/6wNif5SlN08

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