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?
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.
“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.
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.”
The MAKERS' Women Who Make America initiative aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled. Susan's story is featured in the 'Groundbreakers' category which includes women who are firsts in their fields, visionary role models or frontline activists who sparked, and some who opposed, change for women.
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.
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.
The new book, Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring equality, highlights diverse perspectives from around the globe on the pressing issue, long neglected in emergency planning fields, of how to meet the needs of people with disabilities in disaster and conflict situations.
Youth with disabilities involvement in sports is imperative to build self-esteem and confidence, and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. In June, five professionals from the United States will participate in the first part of a reciprocal exchange with Armenia to expand opportunities for youth with disabilities to engage in sports.
Women with and without disabilities in leadership positions are changing the face of women’s rights in Pakistan and are sharing their expertise, efforts and experiences with the U.S. community in Eugene, Oregon from May 8-22, 2014.