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 Denice Duchak. She has worked with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) for the last 14 years in various positions and currently holds the position of Specialist, Community Education and Assistant, Assistive Technology. She has had the opportunity to educate the public about CNIB Programs and Services as well as performing low tech assessments for clients with vision loss. Her personal experience with vision loss has allowed her to mentor and support others on the same journey.
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 and to register for this event simply CLICK HERE.