Sixteen women with disabilities from China, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka will be selected to participate in an eight-day WILD program (May 23–30, 2018) in Sri Lanka to exchange experiences, explore strategies, strengthen a regional network of support, and create collaborative plans to promote inclusion of women with disabilities in community development efforts.
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) pledged to provide 25 "Access the World" scholarships for U.S. college students with disabilities to study abroad in partnership with Mobility International USA (MIUSA). The scholarships are part of CIEE’s commitment to the Generation Study Abroad™, a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE), which strives to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2020. Now, only 5 out of the 25 scholarships remain! U.S. undergraduate students with diverse disabilities may apply for select CIEE programs in summer 2016. Deadline: April 15, 2016.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate women’s achievements. Thank you, disabled women activists and allies, for being “Loud, Proud and Passionate!®
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:
This post was originally contributed to the American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) Family Connect publication. NCDE Project Coordinator Justin Harford discusses why parents should encourage their blind or disabled children to do an exchange overseas:
MIUSA will conduct a one-day arrival orientation for a high-school exchange student from Malaysia, who is participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The student has a disability, and will join a cohort of 10 other YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States.
The MIUSA orientation will include:
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:
In May 2017, I traveled to Peru for the second time with the MIUSA-led RightsNow! project. I was part of a training visit to build the capacity of disability leaders to implement and enforce disability rights laws in Peru. We brought 31 training participants together: 30 were leaders with disabilities, and almost two-thirds were women.