MIUSA collaborated with the Kenya National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the U.S. National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Kenyan legal experts and sign language interpreter educators to train Kenyan Deaf leaders and KSL interpreters on legislative processes and advocacy skills, and to strengthen their collaboration to advocate for passage of a KSL rights bill.
The Kenyan Constitution of 2010 recognizes KSL as a national language, thanks to successful advocacy by Deaf leaders, disabled people and the 2008 ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons of Disabilities (UNCRPD). However, Deaf individuals do not have access to qualified KSL interpreters, creating barriers to education, employment, public information, justice systems and more.
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Watch and share our 4-minute video to learn how disabled women activists are protecting against gender-based violence towards women with disabilities during the pandemic.
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The NCDE is excited to bring you its upcoming Spring Webinar Series. This season we hear from diverse alumni with disabilities of youth exchange programs, get the answers to our most burning disability-related questions straight from International educators, and learn about how to take an exchange experience to the next level by connecting with disability communities abroad.
The image of international exchange is broadening to encompass opportunities for students and educators and people outside the academic world as well to gain valuable exposure to international exchange and citizen diplomacy while developing their leadership, cultural competency, or professional expertise.
"Traveling abroad has been a huge part of my development as a person. When I came back from Mali, my first trip abroad, my parents noticed a difference in me. I was more confident. And they felt more confident in me going and doing things on my own."
- Haben Girma, U.S. disability rights advocate who volunteered abroad as a teen, "Moving Out Into the World" video (embedded).
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Mobility International USA (MIUSA), is honored to be a partner with The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and Armenian partners continue to make progress towards opening the first Independent Living Resource Centers in Armenia.
Here are some ways in which MIUSA is working towards justice and advancing disability rights and leadership globally:
We are building a pipeline of disabled leaders through citizen diplomacy by offering free services and resources as part of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) has launched a 9-month project to address community and government responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, Haiti, Mongolia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka. MIUSA reached out to our network of disabled women leaders across the globe, and found reports of increased domestic violence, exclusion, discrimination, and de-prioritization of disabled women and girls during the current pandemic were universal.