This page features the news on disability from Turkey in the Debrief Library. See also news from other countries.


Accessibility and Design

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Guide dogs change lives of Türkiye’s visually impaired citizens. (Dec, Daily Sabah)

Assistive Technology

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New tech glasses made in Türkiye aim to benefit persons with disability. (Jan, Daily Sabah)

Communication and Language

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January 4 World Braille Day photoessay on braille in Turkey and around the world. (In Turkish, Jan, TRT Haber)

Economics and Social Protection

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Severe poverty hits the disabled and demands for an equal and fair life. “There are people who sterilize the same catheter and use it several times,” (In Turkish, translation from Google, Dec, Bir Gün)

Social Protection

Lower social benefits trouble Türkiye's disabled citizens. “Türkiye's disabled citizens find themselves squeezed between a lack of employment opportunities and declining social benefits.” (Jan, Bianet)

Humanitarian, Migrants and Refugees

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Türkiye and Syria 3/17/2023 Update: “In the weeks since the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, government agencies have not made resources available to meet the needs of disabled survivors, and there are no policies that directly address their disability and accessibility related needs and support their inclusion throughout response, recovery, and reconstruction.” (Mar, WID)

Meet The 6 Disability-Led Organizations Responding To The Needs of People with Disabilities in Türkiye and Syria (Apr, Gadra)

Disability Inclusion Task Team (DITT) Tips on disability-inclusive emergency response (Earthquake) (Feb, UNHCR)

Iran amputee football team players dead in Turkey quake. (Feb, Tehran Times)

In Solidarity with Women, Girls, and Gender Minorities with Disabilities in Turkey and Syria. Context and call for “women and gender-diverse people with disabilities are included in response efforts”. (Feb, Women Enabled)

Protection & Education Needs of Refugees with Disabilities in Southeast Turkey. “Given the often complex needs of children with a disability, access to information about public services was cited by families as being of particular importance.” (Aug, Sened)

Turkish man sparks outrage for kicking 70-year-old Syrian refugee woman in the head (May, Stockholm Center for Freedom)

Protection Needs of Refugees with Disabilities Only one of the 300 research participants had a job; 9% had part-time work. (Jan, Relief Web)

War in Ukraine

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Evacuating or Leaving Ukraine

'My heart is torn': As war rages on at home, these young disabled Ukrainian swimmers are stranded in Turkey. (Apr, CNN)