Part of this Knowledge Translation effort will involve the design of a Professional Development programme to update professionals working with disabled refugees about the suggestions made by disabled refugees and their families to improve intervention impact.
Recent research stresses that beyond marginalization, disabled refugees are invisible to disability services and to the rest of society, compounding an already difficult resettlement experience in New Zealand. Stories from families that have navigated disability services are the only source of meaningful help we can provide to them.
Dr. Janson is a SPARK-NZ 2013 fellow researching how the implementation of such storytelling methodologies can accelerate the process of knowledge translation - through which knowledge from the field (refugee voices) reaches policy makers and professionals working in the field.
Dr. Janson will present a keynote address to the NASCA conference 4 September 2013, Wellington on these results, speaking directly to Health and Disability professionals working with refugees. NASCA is the National Association for Needs Assessment and Service Coordination on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
[Trailer2 June 2013]