The ADA has expanded opportunities for a generation of people with disabilities since its passage in 1990. Help us represent the diverse global experiences of the U.S. disability community by taking part in the Disability Visibility Project. This project encourages people to record and archive their unique and powerful stories with StoryCorps, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the oral history of individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs.
MIUSA's "RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" project is creating change where it matters most: the lives of people with disabilities. This project is developing tools, resources, training, and networks of disability leaders to advance the rights of people with disabilities through effective implementation and enforcement of legislation in six target countries: Armenia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam.
I am proud that the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs continues to be a leader in promoting, sponsoring, and endorsing opportunities for people with disabilities. International exchange programs change lives, and we firmly believe that the benefits of people-to-people exchange should be available to everyone. We are committed to leading by example as we demonstrate fairness, equity, and inclusion.
We have wrapped up all our best advice in these publications for you. Start your new year with plans for international inclusion. Each book is free (plus shipping) and filled with timeless practical tips.
Our Building Bridges publication walks international exchange professionals through planning for a disability-inclusive program. Our Survival Strategies book is for people with disabilities ready to put foundations under their international dreams in 2015.
MIUSA’s over 2000 alumni in more than 110 countries are celebrating this important day throughout the world. Our alumni are working on crucial issues, from HIV/AIDS and violence prevention, to inclusive education and emergency response. Some alumni are working to implement existing policy and legislation, including the CRPD and other national laws. Others are focusing on youth with disabilities, and some on the empowerment of girls and women with disabilities. All are focused on ensuring that the world respects and includes the human rights of all people with disabilities.
Managing Changing Times - Ask any exchange professional about the changing face of international exchange – they will tell you that it seems like more and more participants with non-apparent disabilities are going abroad. But why and what does this mean?
New directions are just ahead! The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA, is excited to welcome both returning and new members to its Roundtable Consortium. This advisory committee of 24 prominent international exchange and disability organizations share NCDE's goal to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the broad range of international exchange programs.
“Sports promote leadership, teamwork, respect, self-awareness, and life skills that are very important for persons with disabilities to be fully integrated members of the society,” says Ruzanna Sargsyan, Program Manager, Armenian Association for the Disabled.
While in Eugene, Oregon, the Armenian delegation will explore practical and strategic actions that will achieve equal participation of girls and boys with disabilities in sports programs.
We are pleased to announce that Mobility International USA (MIUSA), on the recommendation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), has been granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations.
“We are honored to receive this official recognition of all that our organization has achieved since our founding 33 years ago,” said Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder of MIUSA.
“As MIUSA works to advance the rights and leadership of people with disabilities across the globe, special consultative status further enables us to bring the issues of disability inclusion and disability rights to the forefront of the international development agenda.”
The MAKERS' Women Who Make America initiative aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled. Susan's story is featured in the 'Groundbreakers' category which includes women who are firsts in their fields, visionary role models or frontline activists who sparked, and some who opposed, change for women.