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Supporting Newcomer Children with Disabilities Webinar

Webinar: Supporting Newcomer Children with Disabilities: Listening to Stories of Displacement and Disablement


Date: May 28th, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern time (EST)



Join us for this webinar to learn about;

The needs, issues, and challenges of im/migrant children/youths/families that are not well understood or incorporated in service design and delivery
Examples of how disabilities intersect with newcomer population;
How to listen to clients' narratives regarding disability, and make appropriate referrals
The webinar will include a question-and-answer period with the speaker
American Sign Language - ASL interpretation and CART captioning will be available



Facilitator: Dr. Sukaina Dada


Dr. Sukaina Dada has been working in the area of paediatric disability for over 15 years. She focuses on addressing health disparities faced by racialized and newcomer children with disabilities and advocates for protecting the rights of children globally. Dr. Dada is a paediatric occupational therapist and executive director of SMILE Canada - Support Services, a Canadian charity supporting newcomer children and youth with disabilities and their families. She oversees the strategic planning of services and programs that support the unique needs of hundreds of underserved families facing systemic and environmental barriers. Dr. Dada holds a PhD in Critical Disability Studies from the School of Health Policy and Management with a research focus on displacement and disablement. She recently completed a visiting postdoctoral fellowship at York University, developing an artificial intelligence search engine for disability advocates globally and the UNCRPD Secretariat. Through her grassroots work, Dr. Dada makes a significant community impact through advocacy on antiracism, safer spaces, culturally responsive supports, and culturally relevant resources. Her upcoming book (2024) addresses the critical intersections of disablement and displacement impacting disabled refugee children and their families. 


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