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“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

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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.

Project Overview

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. 

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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.

News and Blogs

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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.
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Disability under Siege Newsletter May 2021

The latest edition of the Disability under Siege newsletter is now available. Follow the link below to catch up on news and events from our network partners.
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Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2021

We are excited to announce that Ruth Gilligan, co-investigator for the Disability under Siege project, has won the 2021 RSL Ondaatje Prize with The Butchers (Atlantic Books).
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Disability under Siege Newsletter - December 2020

The latest edition of the Disability under Siege newsletter is now available. Follow the link below to catch up on news and events from our network partners.
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Palestinians with Disabilities

Nazmi Al-Masri, co-Investigator for the Disability Under Siege project, recently held two focus group workshops at the Islamic University in Gaza to discuss the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Palestinians with Disabilities.
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What can the COVID-19 pandemic teach us about disability justice?

The event will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people, who have been deprioritised in pandemic planning around the world, facing discrimination in healthcare, exclusion from education and employment, and neglect, abuse, and violence both in care and in the community. The event will explore how the lived experience of disabled people can inform activism and politics to make the world a fairer and more accessible place for all.
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Global Perspectives on Sign Language Interpreting

The Disability Hub at the Centre for Lebanese Studies (LAU) with our Partners at the Disability Under Siege Project are pleased to invite you to their online event "Global Perspectives on Sign Language Interpreting", The role, education,and professionalization of Arabic and International Sign interpreters in Lebanon and Jordan on Monday 8 November 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 PM Beirut-Amman / 2:00 PM UK.
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Disability Under Siege: An Analytical Framework for a Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery

Research Fellow, Vera Kubenz, gives a short presentation as part of the #WPRN21 conference on the Disability Under Siege projects, which researches the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people in Low- and Middle- Income Countries, and aims to design an analytical framework for a disability-inclusive recovery.
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How pandemic responses neglected disabled people’s rights

Research Fellow for the Disability under Siege project, Vera Kubenz, writes for The Conversation on "How pandemic responses neglected disabled people's rights."
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All Means All!

How to support inclusive education and learning during these times of crisis. A short video created by the Disability Hub on barriers all students, including students with disabilities in Lebanon, face as they return to in person learning.
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A letter to friends and colleagues; "What needs to be known, remembered, and acted upon."

Rita Giacaman, co-investigator for the Disability under Siege project, writes from Ramallah, West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory, about the latest brutal Israeli attack on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
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Appointment to the Migration Advisory Committee

We are delighted to share with you that Professor Dina Kiwan, Principal Investigator for the Disability Under Siege project, has been appointed as a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for 3 years from 1 May 2021.
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Education for disabled children in the Global South during COVID-19: An afterthought?

To mark International Day of Education, Vera Kubenz wrote a blog looking at The impact of the pandemic on disabled children in the Global South.
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Mapping Inclusivity of Needs Assessment & Reconstruction Initiatives During Beirut Blast Recovery Response

On August 4, 2020, a blast in Beirut’s port area caused immense damage to the city, killing approximately 200 people, and leaving 6,500 injured and over 300,000 displaced. The study, written by Itab Shuayb and Sabine Doueiry, is now available to download from The Disability Hub.

The impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan.

All Means All! How to support inclusive education and learning during these times of crisis.

Life Cycle and the Story of Inclusive Design