Empower Partnerships Program Unites Global Disability Advocates

One U.S. and three Israel team members, whose focus is intellectual disability advocacy, pose for the camera.
U.S. and Israel team members focus efforts on intellectual disability advocacy
Thirty-eight disability rights advocates from abroad came together in Eugene, Oregon, USA, for a busy week of collaborating on strategies, meeting with community leaders, and touring accessible sites.
October 13, 2013

The representatives then spread out across the country for specialized projects in 19 host cities for another week. Finally, the whole team – including U.S. partners – met in Washington, D.C. for a major summit addressing global practices on disability inclusiveness.

“This is a great opportunity, not just to learn from each other, but to really join our forces to advance disability rights around the world,” said Jelena Jovovic – a partner from Serbia.

The Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities program rolled along throughout the summer with outbound exchanges in countries ranging far and wide. The U.S. portion of the program rounded out the second half of the two-way exchange and marked an ambitious effort to integrate disability rights across nations and areas of focus for something truly universal. Following the exchange visits, the teams carry out joint projects using seed grants to build sustainability in their partnerships.

Event location: 

Eugene, Oregon; Washington, DC; 19 U.S. cities