Today’s episode is about disabled refugees featuring an interview with Dr. Mansha Mirza, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Along with Dr. Rooshey Hasnain, Mansha is Co-Principal Investigator for a project called PRIDE, Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment. PRIDE aims to support Illinois-based job-seeking refugees with disabilities in accessing employment and career opportunities. Mansha will talk about this project, the needs of refugees w/ disabilities in Illinois, and what we all can do to help welcome refugees in our community.
Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment (Facebook page)
Pigeonhole Podcast Episode 3: Refugees with disabilities, Cheryl Green, February 6, 2018
Migrants and refugees with disabilities must be priority in new Global Compact on Migration, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner, April 12, 2017
Refugees and migrants with disabilities, United Nations Division for Inclusive Social Development
Yemeni family ‘hopeless’ after disabled daughter denied US visa, Arwa Ibrahim, April 27, 2018, AlJazeera.com
Crossing Divides: Austrian group helps deaf refugees learn sign language (video), April 26, 2018, BBC.com
Resource Guide for Serving Refugees with Disabilities. United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
Dr. Mirza’s scholarly interests address health and social service disparities among low-income, underserved communities, with a special focus on immigrant and refugee newcomers. She is currently working on research projects that seek to enhance healthcare services for these communities using interventions such as community capacity building, information and community technology applications, trained language interpreters and para professionals. In her work, Dr. Mirza collaborates with various community organizations. Dr. Mirza is also the lead instructor of Research Methods in Occupational Therapy, a required course in the MS program.
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Sarika D. Mehta, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Sage the Hunter” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
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