Good health and well-being for all, including those with disabilities, is one of the main sustainable development goals. Data on refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities are limited. Refugees have poor access to rehabilitation and assistive technologies, although laws and policies in Italy guarantee this type of healthcare. However, there are several limitations to the successful implementation of these services. First, the national health system is regionally based, and therefore healthcare facilities and services vary in terms of quality in different regions. A link between reception centers and the healthcare system is therefore highly recommended, because only 10 out of 20 regions have specific services for refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. Second, only 2% of the total available posts for hosting refugees are reserved for people with disabilities. The lack of a standardized vulnerability assessment represents the main barrier to the organization of specific services for migrants within the community. National stakeholders urgently need to collaborate in order to remove barriers to rehabilitation and assistive technology for refugees with disabilities. Initiatives should focus on health literacy and the empowerment of migrants, data collection on health, disability, and assistive technology, and the organization of community-based rehabilitation programs.

Disability, rehabilitation, and assistive technologies for refugees and asylum seekers in Italy. Policies and challenges / Tofani, Marco; Iorio, Silvia; Berardi, Anna; Galeoto, Giovanni; Conte, Antonella; Fabbrini, Giovanni; Valente, Donatella; Marceca, Maurizio. - In: SOCIETIES. - ISSN 2075-4698. - 13:(2023), pp. 1-9. [10.3390/soc13030063]

Disability, rehabilitation, and assistive technologies for refugees and asylum seekers in Italy. Policies and challenges

Marco Tofani;Silvia Iorio;Anna Berardi;Giovanni Galeoto;Antonella Conte;Giovanni Fabbrini;Donatella Valente;Maurizio Marceca
2023

Abstract

Good health and well-being for all, including those with disabilities, is one of the main sustainable development goals. Data on refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities are limited. Refugees have poor access to rehabilitation and assistive technologies, although laws and policies in Italy guarantee this type of healthcare. However, there are several limitations to the successful implementation of these services. First, the national health system is regionally based, and therefore healthcare facilities and services vary in terms of quality in different regions. A link between reception centers and the healthcare system is therefore highly recommended, because only 10 out of 20 regions have specific services for refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. Second, only 2% of the total available posts for hosting refugees are reserved for people with disabilities. The lack of a standardized vulnerability assessment represents the main barrier to the organization of specific services for migrants within the community. National stakeholders urgently need to collaborate in order to remove barriers to rehabilitation and assistive technology for refugees with disabilities. Initiatives should focus on health literacy and the empowerment of migrants, data collection on health, disability, and assistive technology, and the organization of community-based rehabilitation programs.
2023
disability; refugees; migrants; rehabilitation; assistive technologies; policies; reception centers; data
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Disability, rehabilitation, and assistive technologies for refugees and asylum seekers in Italy. Policies and challenges / Tofani, Marco; Iorio, Silvia; Berardi, Anna; Galeoto, Giovanni; Conte, Antonella; Fabbrini, Giovanni; Valente, Donatella; Marceca, Maurizio. - In: SOCIETIES. - ISSN 2075-4698. - 13:(2023), pp. 1-9. [10.3390/soc13030063]
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