Mobility International USA worked with Armenian partner organization, “AGATE Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities” to support disability rights advocates and allies to influence the content and passage of the “Law of the Republic of Armenia on the Protection of Rights and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” (Disability Law).
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and we at MIUSA want to thank and celebrate the many disability activists, allies and organizations who took action to make it possible.
Their dedication and perseverance has enhanced the lives of millions of people with disabilities, both in the United States and globally. Many principles that were the basis for the ADA have been utilized when drafting and implementing disability laws and policies in countries around the world.
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice, co-published by Stylus Publishing and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The first of its kind in the field of international education, this book offers ways to increase the diversity of U.S. students engaged in international education, including students of color, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.
Mobility International USA is working with Armenian partner organization, “AGATE Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities” to support disability rights advocates and allies to influence the content and passage of disability legislation in Armenia.
The Armenian National Assembly has begun review of a newly drafted “Law of the Republic of Armenia on Protection of Rights and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” and there are indications that it will be adopted in 2018.
Recognizing that disabled women have historically had few role models when it comes to international careers, Susan Sygall hopes that sharing her own global experiences - from studying and hitch-hiking in her wheelchair to co-founding a non-profit advancing global disability leadership - will show what's possible. In an interview with the website Women in Foreign Policy, Ms. Sygall described her vision for how engaging in international dialogue can help further disabled women's leadership and agency:
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA, launches an initiative focused on local outreach to disability and exchange communities to increase the number of people with disabilities participating in international exchange more broadly!
International exchange is an excellent opportunity for people with and without disabilities, and can provide incredible professional and personal growth.
On December 3, 2017, Mobility International USA observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) by recognizing disabled leaders and allies who are moving this agenda forward through policy and legislation. In partnership with powerful disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and allies around the world, MIUSA’s efforts are strengthening both the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and national disability rights laws.
Here are a few highlights from around the globe worth celebrating:
Mobility International USA is honored to announce its International Advisory Committee!
The eighteen inaugural members of the Committee represent diverse fields and experiences. Their expertise and commitment to advancing disability rights and leadership globally will assist MIUSA to continue to reach its goals to:
Every NGO wants to ensure that they reach the world’s most vulnerable populations and have diversity in their staff and populations they reach. Now, through a new membership initiative of Mobility International USA called Excellence in Development & Disability Inclusion (EDDI), innovative organizations can harness the expertise of MIUSA's network to build inclusive programs, establish access to services, remove barriers, and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
"It's a stuffed bell pepper with rice, meat and different kinds of vegetables." My parents listened intently as I translated the waiter's explanation of this traditional Peruvian dish.
As a blind person, I was used to having a sighted intermediary explain the menu, and tell the waiter what I wanted. But this was different. Everything on the menu and all the conversation around us was in Spanish and I was the only one of our group who could understand it. I turn to the waiter and referring to my parents, I explained, "She'll have the stuffed bell pepper and he wants the soup."