CFN Speaker Series - Disability & Displacement Panel

With the contemporary international refugee crisis and the rising numbers of displaced marginalized social groups seeking immigration or refugee status, settlement sectors around the world are struggling to meet the demands for help and support. Within this global reality, marginalized social groups such as people with disabilities are the first to fall through the cracks. These experiences serve as a reminder of the important role that settlement sectors can and should play to prevent such a fate. Such circumstances leads one to ask what can we do differently in supporting the settlement and integration experiences for immigrants and refugees with disabilities?

The CFN Speaker Series continues November 30th right here at the Centre, with special guest presenter Dr. Yahya El-Lahib of the University of Calgary. Joining the evening's panel is Dr. E. Anne Hughson, an Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary, a Registered Psychologist and a member in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 1985, Anne had an extensive background in working directly with families and individuals with development disabilities, in particular in addressing issues of violence and abuse, sexual assault, emotional and behavioural concerns related to disability.

She has continued that work through her research, teaching and volunteer roles. She is a recipient of the Faculty of Education Excellence in Teaching Award and the author and co-author of a number of texts, chapters and articles on a wide range of disability-related subjects. She has lectured and taught in many countries including, Mexico, United Kingdom, Spain, Malta, Russia, USA, Australia, S. Africa, Ireland and New Zealand. As a researcher in disability studies and a teacher in program evaluation and consultation, community development, reflective practice, advocacy and leadership, her work is grounded in the lived experiences of people with disabilities and their families.

The panel discussion will include the troubling dominant misconceptions about immigrants and refugees with disabilities to highlight the actual and potential contributions that they make to the Canadian local and national fabric. Throughout this discussion, key recommendations for the settlement sector will be provided to improve the quality of services for immigrants and refugees with disabilities.

For more information about this November 30th CFN event, give us a call at 403-569-3325.