2011 U.S./Jordan Young Women with Disabilities Leadership Exchange Program
Eugene, Oregon. September 16 - October 5, 2011. This program brought together nine young women leaders with disabilities from Jordan to build their own management and advocacy skills while increasing the capacity of their organizations to empower women and girls with disabilities.
Loud, Proud and Passionate
Delegates practice the words and motions to the song "Loud, Proud and Passionate" for their performance at MIUSA's 30th anniversary fundraiser event.
Host Family Experience
Two Jordanian delegates meet their American host family who welcomed the women into their home for the three week long program.
The delegation attended a Eugene Rotary Club meeting and exchanged Rotary flags, a Rotary tradition and symbol of international friendship.
Collaborating with U.S. Professionals
Two delegates from Jordan visit an inclusive public elementary school in Eugene, Oregon and collaborate with U.S. educators.
The delegation enjoyed visiting Mount Hood in Oregon during a cultural excursion.
Exploring Technology for People with Disabilities
Delegates explore magnifying tools and other technology for people with visual disabilities at a workshop facilitated by the Oregon Commission for the Blind.
Strategizing with Government Officials
Program delegates with City of Eugene government officials and MIUSA's CEO, Susan Sygall. The group collaborated on strategies for implementing disability rights laws and policies and building coalitions between government and non-governmental agencies.
A woman from Jordan rides a hand-cycle bike for the first time during a workshop on inclusive recreation and adapted sports.
Learning about Services for Children with Disabilities
During a site visit delegates from Jordan learn first-hand about early intervention and early childhood special education services in the U.S.
Jordanian delegates take part in small group discussions on organizational capacity during a full-day site visit to Mercy Corps in Portland, Oregon.