Rehabilitation Needs of Refugees with Disabilities in the United States: Implications for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

Peer-reviewed article
(2017 Nov) Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 48 5-14


Kinyanjui B, Umeasiegbu VI, Bishop ML.


The global instability caused by natural and human-made disasters has resulted in increased numbers of refugees who seek shelter in other countries. The United States admits refugees and provides services that enable these refugees to resettle in a new environment. Among these refugees are individuals with various disabilities who require specialized rehabilitation services. This paper reviews the challenges faced by refugees with disabilities before, during and after their resettlement in the US and explores how counselors can better serve this population in order to facilitate more effective and timely integration into American society. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

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