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 Rianne Rogan, a certified exercise physiologist, working with the University of Calgary Rehab Program for the past 6 years. The Rehabilitation and Fitness Program at U of C has been in existence since 1989. It provides individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to continue their rehabilitative and fitness goals in a community setting. This program is designed to increase the participants' understanding and involvement in the health and fitness area and encourages integration back into other community programs. Rianne is of University of Calgary graduate in Kinesiology. and cites her passion as helping people achieve goals that bring them closer to an independent lifestyle.
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.
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