Refugee and Asylee Mentorship Program (RAMP)

Through the Refugee & Asylee Mentorship Program, Raising Special Kids provides culturally appropriate supports and services to educate and empower refugee and asylee families. We provide them with the information and tools they need to understand the nature of their child’s disability, work collaboratively with professionals in the education and treatment of their child, and advocate effectively in the best interest of their child to support positive educational and health outcomes, particularly as a result of and during the COVID-19 crisis. RAMP also seeks to decrease social isolation for refugee and asylee families with children with disabilities through direct parent-to-parent support.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Case manager refers appropriate family to RAMP. (click here for referral form)
  • RSK family support specialist contacts family by the end of the next business day to discuss issues of concern with the family in their preferred language using high-quality interpretation services.
  • Family support specialist identifies areas of need and provides appropriate support, guidance and resources to the family. (i.e., educational/health care/parent-to-parent support).
  • RSK provides confirmation to case manager that their referral family has been contacted.
  • RSK remains ready to assist the family with future needs and concerns.

Advancing Support for Refugees with Disabilities This page from the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Arizona includes resource guides for refugee parents in seven languages. The guides were developed to connect refugee parents with information and resources to navigate the U.S. disability system and receive needed support.

INTRODUCTORY VIDEOS:

ARABIC
ENGLISH
KINYARWANDA
ROHINGYA
SOMALI
SWAHILI

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