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Disability Inclusion Translating Policy Into Practice in Humanitarian Action

Disability Inclusion Translating Policy Into Practice in Humanitarian Action

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An estimated 6.7 million persons with disabilities are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence and human rights violations.
In 2008, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) conducted a study and released a report on Disabilities among Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations, which identified that persons with disabilities have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance programs due to a variety of societal, environmental and communication barriers.

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An estimated 6.7 million persons with disabilities are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence and human rights violations.
In 2008, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) conducted a study and released a report on Disabilities among Refugee and Conflict-Affected Populations, which identified that persons with disabilities have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance programs due to a variety of societal, environmental and communication barriers.

March 2014 recommendations

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Women’s Refugee Commission
Research. Rethink. Resolve.
March 2014
Disability Inclusion
Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action
 
The Women’s Refugee Commission identifies needs, researches solutions and advocates for global change to improve the lives of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. The Women’s Refugee Commission is legally part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, but does not receive direct financial support from the IRC.
 Acknowledgments
This report was researched and written by Emma Pearce, senior program officer–disability, Women’s Refugee Commission, with contributions from Dale Buscher, Joan Timoney, Rachael Reilly, Elizabeth Cafferty and Mihoko Tanabe. Follow-up field assessments were undertaken by Michael Szporluk, disability consultant. Diana Quick edited and designed the report.This work was undertaken by the Women’s Refugee Commission with the support of One Billion Strong, Open Society Foundation, United States Institute of Peace and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).Thank you to all UN agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations that shared views on the operational contexts and facilitated access to refugees and displaced persons with disabilities during field visits. The Women’s Refugee Commission extends special thanks to UNHCR for its partnership on this project, particularly for logistical support on field visits and feedback on the contents of this report. Finally, the Women’s Refugee Commission is deeply grateful to the refugees and displaced persons with disabilities and their families who shared their valuable time, perspectives and ideas for change.Cover photo: © Emma Pearce/WRC© 2014 Women’s Refugee Commission ISBN:1-58030-114-2 Women’s Refugee Commission122 East 42nd StreetNew York, NY 10168-1289212.551.3115info@wrcommission.orgwomensrefugeecommission.org
Research. Rethink. Resolve.
 
Contents
Acronyms and Abbreviations ................................................................................................iExecutive Summary .................................................................................................................1 Key Findings ........................................................................................................................1 Key Recommendations .....................................................................................................3Introduction ...............................................................................................................................4Field Visit Methodology ..........................................................................................................6Findings ......................................................................................................................................9 Part A: Key protection concerns of persons with disabilities .................................10 Part B: Implementation of
UNHCR Guidance on Disability 
 ..................................14 Part C: Institutionalizing disability inclusion across UNHCR operations globally ......................................................................................26Recommendations to Advance Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action ..............27 To UNHCR: The next steps ............................................................................................27 To humanitarian actors: Build on successes ..............................................................28 To disability actors: Expand skills to enhance protection ........................................29 To donor governments: Fund technical capacity .......................................................30Conclusion.................................................................................................................................31Useful resources ......................................................................................................................32Notes ..........................................................................................................................................33
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