AMPARO Advocacy was approached by the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in late 2013 to participate in a research project: An exploration of the barriers to services and inclusion of refugees living with disability. This project was carried out by Dr Julie King, Associate Professor Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez, Dr Niki Edwards from QUT and AMPARO Advocacy has supported the participation of ten individuals and family members.
This research aimed to address the gap in knowledge about the characteristics and needs of refugees with disabilities by conducting qualitative research with refugees with a disability in Brisbane.
- To explore cultural and social aspects of refugee experiences of disability
- To explore levels of community support
- To ascertain awareness and knowledge of the support services available
- To understand how access to services is construed and which services are desired
- To gain an understanding of the barriers to services faced
- To clarify whether and how existing services meet their needs, and in particular explore the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in providing services to this group
- Provide knowledge for service providers working with people from refugee backgrounds, especially in light of a changing service provision environment with the NDIS
- Provide information for AMPARO Advocacy in preparing advocacy materials disability
- Provide pilot research and a track record of research collaboration to facilitate competitive grant applications to deepen and broaden this area of research – target ARC Linkage
AMPARO Advocacy has incorporated some of the findings of this research in papers and submissions to governments as part of our systemic advocacy to influence positive sustainable changes in the lives of people from non-English speaking background with disability.