The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has provided new and increased opportunities for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to support the international development of the Independent Living Movement. This year at the 2016 Annual Conference on Independent Living, organized by the National Council on Independent Living, attend sessions that support the conference's International Track to learn what opportunities exist to connect to and support international development of the movement globally.
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It takes a village to ensure that a student with a disability achieves her or his goal of studying abroad or participating in similar international experiences; however, that "village" doesn't always get to hear about the outcomes.
International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) will hold its annual conference bringing together counselors and institutions from around the world in support of secondary students transitioning to higher education.
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries, which promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.
Individuals with disabilities, like their non-disabled peers, seek out internships, teaching, and volunteering in order to increase their employment skills and career opportunities. Additionally, they are participating in international opportunities to gain personal development, cross-cultural skills, and to exchange knowledge with communities abroad.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators hosted the 2016 Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado with the theme "Building Capacity for Global Learning".
MIUSA was excited to meet many exchange professionals to discuss disability inclusion at the below sessions, exhibits, and meet-up groups.
Monday, May 23, 2016 marks the start of five days of intensive RightsNow! training in Armenia. The training has been tailored to the needs of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and other key disability rights actors following analysis of the findings of the October 2015 introductory visit to Yerevan. The practical skill-building sessions will be divided into two main thematic areas: Advocacy and Disability Law Capacity.
The 2016 InterAction Forum will bring together over 1000 NGO professionals from across the globe. If you will be one of them, there are several ways you can interact with MIUSA staff during these three days.
The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) in Eugene, Oregon is currently exhibiting portraits and photos taken by the renowned late photographer Brian Lanker in an exhibit called “From the Heart.”
How do you kick-start awareness or drive momentum when it comes to participation of underrepresented students with disabilities in education abroad? How can these efforts also build capacity and give voice to diverse students? This Forum on Education Abroad annual conference session looked at best practices and partnerships to show the collaborative potential at the intersection of campus and community, program provider and national non-profits, and the international education and disability fields.