Visit the OPB website here to play the audio recording. The transcript of the conversation, which was edited for length and clarity and originally appeared on the OPB website, has been copied below. Special thank you to Allison Frost for providing this transcript.
Dear MIUSA alumni and MIUSA supporters across the world,
I wanted to reach out to all of you to let you know that we at MIUSA are thinking of you and your families during these complex and challenging times.
We hope that things will be better soon, so we can continue all of our plans to work towards disability justice across the world.
As we all know, no one knows how long this situation will last. We realize that many of us are on the "high risk" category due to our age and/or disability and encourage all of us to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus.
On this day, we celebrate the hundreds of delegates from 89 countries who have participated in MIUSA’s Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD).
Last summer, MIUSA hosted the 9th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), which brought 22 women leaders with disabilities from 22 different countries to Eugene, Oregon.
Posted March 3, 2020
Candidates will bring prior experience working in a related field, required skills, and a passion for disability rights. Candidates must be available to work approximately 30-40 hours per week from April - September 2020. This is an entry-level professional position based at our national office in downtown Eugene, Oregon, USA. Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities, those from ethnic minority backgrounds, and others are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due by Monday, March 16th, 2020 for priority consideration.
We want your help to spread the message to more people with disabilities about access to all types of international exchange programs, such as studying and volunteering abroad! The "externship" is a project to be conducted virtually. All you have to do is share your passion for inclusion with the NCDE by submitting your proposal and if your idea is chosen, you conduct the activity and will get a $500 honorarium.
The NCDE will work with you to build on to your activity for the most effective outreach. You will be part of group trainings and also learn from your peers.
The mission of Leading for Independent Living is to empower people with disabilities in Armenia to live independently, advocate for their rights, and participate fully in their communities. Achieving inclusive communities in Armenia requires a critical mass of people with disabilities who are informed about their rights and empowered to claim them. Individuals with disabilities must have access to resources for education, employment, health care, and to peers and mentors who model rights-bearing attitudes.
People employed in fields such as international exchange, foreign affairs, and international development are shaping the world, from building schools to promoting peace and intercultural understanding among nations. Now imagine if more people with disabilities filled these positions. Would the world they shape be more inclusive, accessible and just?
On December 3rd, Giving Tuesday coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Make a dual impact by making your tax-deductible donation to Mobility International USA.
With a mission to advance leadership and disability rights globally, every day at MIUSA is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
When Susan Sygall, a wheelchair rider, returns from national and international conferences that bring together hundreds of international educators, she often remarks that she was one of only a few attendees - if not the only one - with an apparent disability.