Tony Ivy, who has ADHD, squats next to a Korean child while on Korea cultural study tour

Generation Access

Managing Changing Times - Ask any exchange professional about the changing face of international exchange – they will tell you that it seems like more and more participants with non-apparent disabilities are going abroad. But why and what does this mean?

People meeting, with U.S. Department of State logo

NCDE Roundtable Consortium Expands

New directions are just ahead! The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA, is excited to welcome both returning and new members to its Roundtable Consortium. This advisory committee of 24 prominent international exchange and disability organizations share NCDE's goal to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the broad range of international exchange programs.

A group ten people standing and sitting in wheelchairs hold an Armenian flag.

Armenian Disability Sport Professionals Travel to U.S.

“Sports promote leadership, teamwork, respect, self-awareness, and life skills that are very important for persons with disabilities to be fully integrated members of the society,” says Ruzanna Sargsyan, Program Manager, Armenian Association for the Disabled.

While in Eugene, Oregon, the Armenian delegation will explore practical and strategic actions that will achieve equal participation of girls and boys with disabilities in sports programs.

Flags in front of UN Headquarters

United Nations Grants Special Consultative Status to MIUSA

We are pleased to announce that Mobility International USA (MIUSA), on the recommendation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), has been granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations.

“We are honored to receive this official recognition of all that our organization has achieved since our founding 33 years ago,” said Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder of MIUSA.

“As MIUSA works to advance the rights and leadership of people with disabilities across the globe, special consultative status further enables us to bring the issues of disability inclusion and disability rights to the forefront of the international development agenda.”

MIUSA staff hold individual signs that spell out I Support CRPD.

Support the CRPD

MIUSA is a US-based disability-led non-profit organization established in 1981 working to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. As a prominent leader in both the field of international exchange and disability rights, MIUSA has promoted study abroad and conducted educational trainings with more than 2,200 people with disabilities from over 110 countries.

Susan Sygall, in wheelchair, at center of long tables of students

MIUSA Teaches Course at University of Oregon, Global Perspectives on Disability

For over a decade, Mobility International USA has brought a disability rights perspective to students at the University of Oregon. This Spring, 30 students enrolled in Global Perspectives on Disability, an interdisciplinary course jointly sponsored by the Special Education and International Studies Departments.