Advancing Disability Justice Through Peace Corps

Three women in Cameroon laughing, clapping
The Peace Corps community plays a leading role in fostering global peace, but it also has the potential to elevate the status of people with disabilities.
September 23, 2016

In commemoration of the Peace Corps' 55th Anniversary, the National Peace Corps Association hosted Peace Corps Beyond to highlight the work being done by members of its community to foster world peace worldwide.

Staff from MIUSA joined representatives of Peace Corps, USAID, and others to present the session "Equality and Justice: Peace Corps Volunteers Promoting Disability Rights Abroad." The session, which took place September 23, 2016, discussed disability inclusion and rights in the countries where Peace Corps operates, then provided examples of how Peace Corps Volunteers and returned volunteers are contributing to local efforts to promote the rights of persons with disabilities. MIUSA staff also discussed the benefits of recruiting people with disabilities to serve as Peace Corps volunteers and strategies for creating an inclusive environment.

Presenters included:

  • Indre Biskis, session leader
  • Leah Maxson, USAID
  • Susan Sygall, Mobility International USA
  • Amy Reid, World Learning
  • Allen Neece, Peace Corps

Find a detailed program of the Peace Corps Beyond event.

Event location: 

Washington, DC