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RightsNow! Mexico Takes Action

The RightsNow! Consortium and Mexican partner organization, MADIJAL, implemented a successful three-day Seminar on “Access to Justice for People with Disabilities” in Guadalajara during April 2018. U.S. and Mexican disability lawyers worked with local government officials to provide workshops and presentations to 133 participants from government, universities, the legal community, civil associations and disabled people’s organizations. Seminar topics included:

MADRE staff give deaf applause for MIUSA presenter Maegan Shanks

Merging Movements: MADRE and MIUSA's New Partnership

“Women are women. If you serve women, you need to serve all women, and you should always expect to have disabled women and girls. This is non-negotiable.” These words, shared by senior-level MADRE staff by the end of the training, reflected a clear and bold shift in thinking had taken place, especially for an organization where most staff had very limited or no prior experience with disability rights issues.

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Activists from the Coalition for Inclusive Legal Reform Take Action

Mobility International USA worked with Armenian partner organization, “AGATE Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities” to support disability rights advocates and allies to influence the content and passage of the “Law of the Republic of Armenia on the Protection of Rights and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” (Disability Law).

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Celebrating 28 Years of the ADA

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and we at MIUSA want to thank and celebrate the many disability activists, allies and organizations who took action to make it possible.

Their dedication and perseverance has enhanced the lives of millions of people with disabilities, both in the United States and globally. Many principles that were the basis for the ADA have been utilized when drafting and implementing disability laws and policies in countries around the world.

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Disability Chapter Published in "Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad"

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice, co-published by Stylus Publishing and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The first of its kind in the field of international education, this book offers ways to increase the diversity of U.S. students engaged in international education, including students of color, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities.

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Coalition for Inclusive Legal Reform in Armenia

Mobility International USA is working with Armenian partner organization, “AGATE Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities” to support disability rights advocates and allies to influence the content and passage of disability legislation in Armenia. 

The Armenian National Assembly has begun review of a newly drafted “Law of the Republic of Armenia on Protection of Rights and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” and there are indications that it will be adopted in 2018.  

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MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall: "Disabled Women are Needed in Foreign Policy"

Recognizing that disabled women have historically had few role models when it comes to international careers, Susan Sygall hopes that sharing her own global experiences - from studying and hitch-hiking in her wheelchair to co-founding a non-profit advancing global disability leadership - will show what's possible. In an interview with the website Women in Foreign Policy, Ms. Sygall described her vision for how engaging in international dialogue can help further disabled women's leadership and agency:

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