Research stresses that, beyond marginalisation, disabled refugees are invisible to disability services and to the rest of society, compounding an already difficult resettlement experience in New Zealand. Stories from families that have navigated disability services are the only source of meaningful help we can provide to them.
This project compiles and distributes an audio-visual repository of oral stories to add to the limited knowledge about disability services among disabled refugees and their families. The digital stories collected will be available to refugee families through multiple sources to increase their chances of contributing meaningfully to their new society by advocating for their rights, working or furthering their education. Some stories are filmed in their native languages.
A Professional Development programme is planned to update those working with disabled refugees about the suggestions made by disabled refugees and their families to improve intervention impact.