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5 WILD delegates – all of whom are women who represent different countries and diverse disabilities, ethnicities, and backgrounds – gather in a conference room holding a large hand-written sign that reads #ADA29. Some women have assistive devices such as white canes, crutches or wheelchairs, while others have non-apparent disabilities. Attire includes “business casual,” jeans and t-shirts, and clothing that is reflective of the women’s respective regions, countries or cultures. They wear cheerful expression

International Visitors Celebrate 29 Years of the ADA

For 29 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has prohibited discrimination based on disability. This summer, 22 disabled women leaders from 22 countries participating in Mobility International USA’s 2019 Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) are exploring the many rights and opportunities which are now available because of the ADA and the activists who fought for it.

Angel poses with a large group of diverse students in a hotel lobby.

Clearinghouse Ambassador Adds Deaf Perspective to Diversity Abroad Summit

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (Clearinghouse) often seeks to engage exchange alumni who are Deaf or with disabilities to share their stories and experiences from their programs with a wider audience. The Clearinghouse also seeks to find leadership opportunities, such as speaking at conferences, webinars, and also share internship/job opportunities with alumni in the international exchange field. 

A young man, who uses a power wheelchair, wears his graduation regalia and crosses stage to receive diploma.

Community College Focus on Internationalization and Inclusion

U.S. community colleges provide a wide range of academic and professional programs, and are increasing internationalization efforts across campus! These community colleges are eager to join the ranks of institutions with increasing participation in international exchange programs for both American and international students, and want to know how to best recruit, advise, and plan for disability-related accommodations. 

Three people grouped together in a Japanese-style garden surrounded by bamboo. A brown man and white woman, both in their 50s or 60s, are seated in manual wheelchairs and make an "om" gesture with their hands.

Celebrating Our Global Family

With a mission to advance leadership and disability rights globally, every day at MIUSA is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Working with more than 2300 alumni from over 135 countries, we put our trust and hopes in the thousands of disabled activists and allies we have been privileged to work with over the past 38 years.

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