On December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we join the world in celebrating the global disability community. But for MIUSA, our mission and work to advance leadership and disability rights globally® energizes us every day.
MIUSA’s impact spans so many different spaces. We’re providing disability inclusion consultation to international exchange providers, international development organizations, and foundations. We’re also building pathways for people with disabilities in all parts of the world to share their expertise and leadership:
- In Armenia, alumni of our Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) supported the launch of two new independent living centers.
- MIUSA also sent a delegation of U.S. disability rights leaders to Armenia to share lessons learned with Armenian colleagues.
- WILD women from over 20 countries gathered virtually to share updates on their plans to empower the next generation of disabled women leaders.
- And in South Korea, still another WILD alum spoke about building leadership pathways for people with disabilities through international exchange.
Countless other disabled people have advanced in their leadership through international exchange, as illustrated in a new online journal amplifying the diverse voices of who we are and how we are changing the world.
We want to thank and acknowledge disability rights activists and allies of all genders, from all countries, for the work that we have accomplished and for the work that still needs to be done to create a more just and equitable world.
With much gratitude,