Upcoming Events

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Gender, Disability and Development Institute 2019 - Save the Date!

07/22/2019 - 07/25/2019

The next GDDI will take place July 22-25, 2019. To request an invitation and to be notified when registration to GDDI 2019 opens, please fill out this short online form.

About GDDI

GDDI brings together international development actors and disabled women leaders from around the world to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women and girls with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.

Past Events

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Ambassadors of International Opportunities Exhibit at NCIL

07/25/2018 - 07/26/2018

From going abroad to hosting international visitors to working in international careers and more, participating in international exchange and citizen diplomacy opportunities can have a positive impact on a person’s employability, independent living skills, confidence, leadership, and other personal qualities. Find out how to launch your international career and the careers of the clients you serve.

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2018 Joining Hands: A Symposium on Disability and Exchange


What if you could spend a day with a group of people interested like you in disability and international exchange? You would be able to get tips on finding your next international opportunities, or the latest best practices on how to more effectively support disabled participants on your programs. That's why in summer 2018, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) convened Joining Hands, a one-day symposium on the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange.

Webinar: How to Volunteer, Intern or Work Abroad with a Disability


Abroad With Disabilities (AWD) and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) answered your questions about the many ways that you can travel with a purpose and make your mark on the world. Learn about finding a program, paying for it, and self-advocacy!

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Gender, Disability and Development Institute in Sri Lanka


The next Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI) will bring together senior-level development professionals with disabled women leaders from China, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, all delegates of MIUSA's first Regional WILD-Asia program. Join us for this unique opportunity to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women with disabilities in development projects throughout the region.

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Regional WILD-Asia

05/23/2018 - 05/30/2018

Sixteen women with disabilities from China, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka were selected to participate in an eight-day Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Delegates exchanged experiences, explored strategies, strengthened a regional network of support, and created collaborative plans to promote inclusion of women with disabilities in community development efforts. The training was provided in English, Chinese and sign language (using Certified Deaf Interpreters).

Members of RightsNow and the Mexican organization MADIJAL sit at a conference table together during a planning meeting. Susei Grimes speaks into a microphone and is surrounded by at least five more women.

RightsNow! Activities in Mexico

04/18/2018 - 04/20/2018

The RightsNow! Consortium worked with partner organization MADIJAL in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México to bring together disability rights advocates, local government and the public sector to promote the rights of people with disabilities by increasing their access to legal resources and the justice system. The visit in April aimed to develop and strengthen cross-disability, cross-sector networks to address disability discrimination through implementation of the law.

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Webinar: How to Study Abroad with a Disability



You want to study abroad, but you are not sure how to go about it as someone with a disability. Check out our latest webinar recording!



Studying abroad in college can be a great way to build one's confidence, gain valuable experience for a career and build friendships that will last a lifetime. People with disabilities are increasingly making up a larger fraction of those going abroad in college, and there is no better time than the present to study abroad.

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MIUSA to Welcomed Malaysian Exchange Student with a Disability to the U.S


MIUSA conducted a one-day arrival orientation for a high-school exchange student from Malaysia, who is participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The student has a disability, and joined a cohort of 10 other YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States.

The MIUSA orientation included: