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Disability Refugee Awareness Event

Disability Refugee Awareness Event: "Our survival skills are our superpower!"

image of three women smiling at the cameraThe second Community Listening Session for Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities was held on August 31st at our East Portland Community Office

The disability awareness event was about sharing experiences and creating networks within the disability community. Participants of this project were excited to continue building relationships and sharing their stories.


This event was sponsored by the Disability Art and Culture Project and organized by Saara Hirsi and Abdi Mohamed (graduates of Disability Power PDX). 


A brief description of the event written by Saara Hirsi and Abdi Mohamed 

two participants smiling at the cameraDisability refugee awareness event was about sharing experiences and creating networks within the disability community.  Our goals were for refugees with disabilities to overcome isolation, meet others in the community and to find resources. The participants were members from different backgrounds, and we shared our experience and stories.

For example, there were immigrant and refugees from the disability community, parents who have children with disabilities, individuals, and organization that work with the disability community. People had the opportunity to learn from each other and exchange information. Even though we have different backgrounds, we also share common similarities.  


Disability culture is rich and beautiful!

image of event participants

One individual said, “I am very happy to know these resources exist and to meet different people who care to learn about the disabled refugee community”. Participants of the project were excited to continue building relationships.