The goal of the refugees with disabilities is to serve as a vital link between refugee families with developmental disabled children, disabled refugee adults and service providers by providing case management services, advocacy through school systems, interpretation, cultural consultations and group cultural presentations. This program is vital because there is a much higher prevalence of autism among East African children than in the general population (https://rtc.umn.edu/autism/doc/Autism_report.pdf), but at the same time, less understanding of autism, more stigma against autism as a mental illness, less understanding of the services and interventions that are available for autistic children and usually fewer family financial resources to deal with the children’s needs. Our goal is to educate disabled refugees and refugee families with special needs children by providing workshops on the laws related to disabilities, disability awareness within the community and available resources. We provide self-advocacy trainings for individuals with disabilities and their families to develop skills to become better advocates. We provide employment assistance for refugees with disabilities by connecting them with local rehabilitation services, to promote independent living skills and encourage the person to become self-sufficient.
Refugee Family Assistance Program provides parenting instruction via a home visiting model to refugee families to teach them how to be their children’s first teachers. RFAP is approved as an official Parents as Teachers affiliate, which allows us to implement the national Parents as Teachers model, using the PAT Foundational curriculum. PAT has been recognized as evidence based program by the federal government and is an early intervention program.
Home ownership Program for Refugees
The purpose of the Home ownership for Refugees is to empower Atlanta’s refugee and with the knowledge, information and resources needed to become knowledgeable home buyers, and stimulate individuals and families to become involved in their neighborhood and communities. RFAP provides financial literacy and money management pre-purchase counseling, home buyer education, delinquency/ default counseling post- purchase, education rental counseling and foreclosure prevention in Arabic, Somali, Amharic, Farsi, and Nepalese. RFAP is HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency.
Interpretation & Translation Services
Since 2010 Refugee Family Assistance Program has been providing a full range of top-quality language services to a diverse range of global clients in various fields, including law, medicine, international businesses, engineering, and several other technical fields. We provide services in over 45 languages, and perform any task involving any language barrier, including translation, interpretation, and utilization of digital media, voiceovers, and marketing materials. All Our interpreters are certified from the University of Georgia (UGA) professional interpretation and translation services.