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MIUSA’s Susan Sygall Receives 2014 Viscardi Achievement Award

Mobility International USA is pleased to announce that Co-Founder and CEO Susan Sygall has been named a recipient of the 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. She joins 11 other prominent disability rights leaders from around the world in this great honor.

"I am very grateful for this award and thrilled to be in the company of so many wonderful disability activists." - Susan Sygall

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Explore our Newly Designed Website

The world needs all its citizens to be citizen diplomats and leaders in our global society. Whether you are a professional in the international field wanting to make your exchange or development programs more inclusive, a parent of a child with a disability, a leader of a disabled person organization, or a person with a disability anywhere in the world who wants to study or volunteer abroad, this website is for you.

Our website features a modern, colorful, and responsive design perfect for browsing resources from your handheld device or tablet.

MIUSA participant from Nigeria with Eugene host mother

Open Your Door for an International Exchange Student with a Disability

When Marlon Celso first came to the United States, he had never met anyone who shared his disability. Celso, a high school exchange student from the Philippines, has dwarfism.

“I used to be scared or ashamed to talk about my disability,” he says. “Everything changed when I found out that my host parents are ‘little people,’ as they say. They taught me a lot of things about being a Little Person. It opened my mind and it also changed the way I look at myself. I know that what I have learned from them will be a very big help for me.”

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MIUSA & Rotary Propels New Leaders

Megan Smith began her involvement with MIUSA when she was just 15. “Staff  helped advise me on going abroad on a volunteer program in Costa Rica and Peru,” says Megan, who is a power wheelchair user. “Then, while at university, I spoke at MIUSA conferences and wrote some pieces about my international experiences.” Now, after three years working in the MIUSA office and leading MIUSA leadership exchanges, Megan will head to her next big adventure at the year's end.

A MIUSA delegation of women with and without disabilities pose for a photo in Jordan

MIUSA Alumni Paving the Way for Deaf Rights in the Philippines

Our work at MIUSA brings people together to activate ideas, plans of action, and partnerships that expand beyond the life-time of the program or project. There’s a global community collectively fighting against poverty, illiteracy, discrimination, violence, and unemployment. People connected with MIUSA are an important part of this community, and you never know where you’ll find us.