MIUSA is a US-based disability-led non-profit organization established in 1981 working to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. As a prominent leader in both the field of international exchange and disability rights, MIUSA has promoted study abroad and conducted educational trainings with more than 2,200 people with disabilities from over 110 countries.
For over a decade, Mobility International USA has brought a disability rights perspective to students at the University of Oregon. This Spring, 30 students enrolled in Global Perspectives on Disability, an interdisciplinary course jointly sponsored by the Special Education and International Studies Departments.
The new book, Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring equality, highlights diverse perspectives from around the globe on the pressing issue, long neglected in emergency planning fields, of how to meet the needs of people with disabilities in disaster and conflict situations.
Youth with disabilities involvement in sports is imperative to build self-esteem and confidence, and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. In June, five professionals from the United States will participate in the first part of a reciprocal exchange with Armenia to expand opportunities for youth with disabilities to engage in sports.
Women with and without disabilities in leadership positions are changing the face of women’s rights in Pakistan and are sharing their expertise, efforts and experiences with the U.S. community in Eugene, Oregon from May 8-22, 2014.
Our annual celebration and fundraiser event took place Thursday, May 15, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Temple Beth Israel, a state of the art accessible facility, in Eugene, Oregon. We had a wonderful evening of activism, partnerships and peace with all our Mobility International USA supporters and 15 women activists with and without disabilities from Pakistan. We heard from our Pakistani delegates about the challenges and accomplishments in working for women's and disability rights issues and their experiences here in Eugene.
The evening also included:
Mobility International USA is pleased to announce that Co-Founder and CEO Susan Sygall has been named a recipient of the 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. She joins 11 other prominent disability rights leaders from around the world in this great honor.
"I am very grateful for this award and thrilled to be in the company of so many wonderful disability activists." - Susan Sygall
The world needs all its citizens to be citizen diplomats and leaders in our global society. Whether you are a professional in the international field wanting to make your exchange or development programs more inclusive, a parent of a child with a disability, a leader of a disabled person organization, or a person with a disability anywhere in the world who wants to study or volunteer abroad, this website is for you.
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When Marlon Celso first came to the United States, he had never met anyone who shared his disability. Celso, a high school exchange student from the Philippines, has dwarfism.
“I used to be scared or ashamed to talk about my disability,” he says. “Everything changed when I found out that my host parents are ‘little people,’ as they say. They taught me a lot of things about being a Little Person. It opened my mind and it also changed the way I look at myself. I know that what I have learned from them will be a very big help for me.”
Megan Smith began her involvement with MIUSA when she was just 15. “Staff helped advise me on going abroad on a volunteer program in Costa Rica and Peru,” says Megan, who is a power wheelchair user. “Then, while at university, I spoke at MIUSA conferences and wrote some pieces about my international experiences.” Now, after three years working in the MIUSA office and leading MIUSA leadership exchanges, Megan will head to her next big adventure at the year's end.