Today I’m in conversation with Mustafa Rfat. Mustafa is a graduate student in the Public Administration Program at West Virginia University. He’s also a trainee at Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at the university. Mustafa came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iraq in 2011. You’ll hear Mustafa talk about his experience as a refugee and his adjustment to life in the United States. Mustafa will also describe the unique challenges and needs of refugees with disabilities.
“Current Disability Laws Are Leaving People Behind,” January 3, 2020, ACUDTalk.
Ep 32: Disabled Refugees with Mansha Mirza, August 27, 2018, Disability Visibility podcast.
Refugees and migrants with disabilities, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN.
Persons with disabilities, UN Refugee Agency.
“7 refugees paving the way on disability rights,” December 2, 2019, UN Refugee Agency.
Mustafa Rfat is a graduate student in the Public Administration Program and a trainee at Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at West Virginia University. Mustafa came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iraq in 2011. He is a passionate advocate for equal rights for people with disabilities and refugees/immigrants. He is in the process of applying for Ph.D. programs in Social Work to further his education in research and community work.
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