Elevating Refugee Perspectives about Access to Disability Services in Arizona

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Elevating Refugee Perspectives about Access to Disability Services in Arizona


In Arizona, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council’s 2018 report on Refugees with Disabilities found a lack of collaboration between Refugee Resettlement Agencies and disability services/agencies. Further, the report noted lack of language interpretation, differing understandings of disability, and highlighted the intersectoral barriers that result in fragmented systems which are difficult to navigate. The current project, Elevating Refugee Perspectives about Access to Disability Services in Arizona, highlights areas where and how Arizona may improve access to disability services for the diverse populations of refugees in the state. 

Project activities were designed to build relationships with community partners and conduct outreach, collect data about gaps and needs in the service system, understand the lived experience of refugees with disabilities, and describe agency and legislative policies and practices that influence the experiences of refugees with disabilities.


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This project was made possible through funding provided by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Contract No. ADDPC-FFY22-RFGE-00A1. The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,500,930 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by any speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the ADDPC or the Administration for Community Living, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.