Increasing Access of Refugees with Disabilities to Protection Services in Türkiye Project

Implemented through an implementing partnership between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and ASAM and run with the financial support of ECHO (Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), the Project aims for refugees with disabilities and their support persons living in Türkiye to be in a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and to have access to social protection services.

The Project objectives also include identification of refugees with disabilities and their support persons, assessment of related protection risks, and raising awareness of refugees with disabilities about gender-based violence, protection, social rights and healthcare services.

In order for refugees with disabilities and their support persons to benefit from the specialized protection services related to their needs, psychosocial support services are provided, necessary referrals are made and hospital attendant support is offered. There are social workers, psychologists, mobile team protection assistants, interpreters, and support staff among the Project team members.

Capacity building and awareness-raising activities for service unit personnel, public institutions, and NGOs engaging in service provision to refugees with disabilities and their support persons in Ankara and Izmir, which are the Project provinces, are conducted and coordination is established. The Project’s Izmir activities are carried out at Konak Disability Care Center in collaboration with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and ASAM, while Ankara activities are carried out at ASAM Ankara Community Center.

In scope of these activities, drawing up of an Implementation Guideline to set the operating principles of Service Units is also among the Project objectives.

Under the Project, it is further planned to establish Committees of Persons with Disabilities so as to provide feedback on services to be offered at the centers and to meet the needs of activities to be planned.