“The Disability Under Siege project, aims to provide the intellectual, financial and logistical resources required to deliver a transformational step change in education provision for children with disabilities in conflict-affected states.”
Professor Dina Kiwan, Principal Investigator
The impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan
In 2021 researchers from the Disability Under Siege Network in Lebanon, Jordan, and the occupied Palestinian territories investigated the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on persons with disabilities living in those countries. The aim of the research was to: Inform the UNPRPD analytical framework to support a multi-sectoral response to increased social, educational, economic, and health challenges arising from the pandemic Identify future and emerging research priorities and gaps Develop resilience to future challenges – at individual, community, national and global levels Informing future priorities for research collaboration between researchers and the UNPRPD.
Disability Under Siege is a co-created programme bringing together a community of researchers, educational practitioners, advocacy organisations and disability led groups in the UK and Middle East. It will contribute to research efforts by providing intellectual and logistical resources that local practitioners need to transform education provision for children with disabilities in conflict-affected countries.
Our research partners include Birzeit University (Palestine), Birmingham City University (UK), Islamic University of Gaza (Palestine), and the Lebanese American University (Lebanon), which bring complementary expertise in the fields of education under occupation, inclusion, public health and social action, visual culture and participative arts, disability and social justice.