At the end of January, U.S. experts worked alongside United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), a leading DPO in Kenya to conduct a five-day intensive training in Kenya. Kenya is one of the RightsNow! countries in which participants examined national and international laws and policies, identified principles of effective legislation, explored tactics for advocacy, and created collaborative action plans to promote enforcement of laws to protect disability rights.
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On Monday, November 30th the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion hosted a celebration event for the 25th American Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary. Attendees experienced an engaging program for the event with the participation of MIUSA, UO faculty and students, and a showing of the video: "Lives Worth Living". There was also a networking reception before the video.
An EducationUSA interactive webchat took place Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. EST for an EducationUSA Interactive webchat to educate about resources and opportunities for international students with a range of abilities to study at U.S. colleges and universities.
On November 16, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST NAFSA: Association of International Educators joined the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to explore the 2015 theme for International Education Week (IEW), “Access for All,” in a special live chat focusing on students with physical disabilities and education abroad in an one-hour Collegial Conversation.
Staff from the U.S. Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and a CLS alum speak about access to the Critical Language Scholarship for applicants with disabilities.
The World Affairs Council of Oregon put on an exciting event for high school adventure seekers in Portland, Oregon to reach students from diverse backgrounds.
The No Boundaries: Travel and Study Abroad Fair featured tips and tools for first-time travelers, low-income families, students with disabilities, and other high school students wanting to learn about the benefits and opportunities for international exchange programs.
As international educators, we aspire to make going abroad possible for talented students who believe that it's out of reach. With initiatives like Generation Study Abroad (GSA) placing emphasis on removing barriers for underrepresented students, it's a prime time to think about how we can effect change within our own spheres of influence, large or small.
The Brilliant & Resilient Photo Exhibit premiered in El Salvador at the Terazza Hotel.
The international traveling exhibit featured portraits and vignettes of 30 women activists with disabilities from around the world. The exhibition was also a space to promote networking and partnerships between women leaders with disabilities and human rights, development, and government agencies. Nearly 100 people attended the event, including 25 women leaders with disabilities from throughout El Salvador.
Working with the Center for Women with Special Needs (AGATE), a local disabled women’s organization, the U.S. team convened leaders from disability, government, civil society and private sectors, to explore legal frameworks and strategies for addressing critical issues including physical accessibility, education, employment and access to legal services.