Access to services for migrants with disabilities: the AMID Project Final Conference
On November 5th, Project Manager Dolinda Cavallo represented ALDA in Brussels, at the European Economic and Social Committee, in the Final Conference of the AMID Project – Access to Services for Migrants with Disabilities – and especially at the workshop “the use of Needs Assessment Tool for the identification of migrants’ support needs”.
The event was moderated by Luk Zelderloo, EASPD Secretary General, with the intervention of the following panelists:
• Yaya Traore – ARCI cultural mediator (via Skype)
• Angela Unufe Kennedy – CEO Migrant & Minority Disability Network Europe
• Ola Henrikson – Director of IOM’s Regional Office Brussels
• Nuria Diez Guardia – Policy Officer at the European Commission DG Migration and HOME Affairs
• Oriol Amoros i March - Secretary of Equality, Migration and Citizenship - Government of Catalonia.
The Conference opened with an overview of the AMID Project, the main results of its research and the data collected. Domenico Manente, Project Leader of EASPD, explained the workings of the NAT – Needs Assessment Tool, which resulted directly from the Project in order to assess the needs of migrants with disabilities.
The NAT was developed on a human rights approach following the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). It aims to set the needs of the individual as a priority in the assessment process of disability, in a user-friendly and accessible way; with this tool, the AMID project wants to give the opportunity to each individual to have their voice heard.
The event was extremely beneficial for ALDA to direct due attention to migration issues and services for disability, areas which ALDA is also focusing on with several other projects such as LIME, FromMEtoEU, MIICT and more.