International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

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At MIUSA, every day is a day to celebrate disability rights. This December 3rd, which marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we want to thank and honor the thousands of disability rights activists and allies around the world with whom we've had the honor of working over the past year.

Here are some ways in which MIUSA is working towards justice and advancing disability rights and leadership globally:

We are building a pipeline of disabled leaders through citizen diplomacy by offering free services and resources as part of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange.

We are working for disability justice worldwide through legislative action, community organizing, and government participation.

We are supporting disabled women leaders to effect change in their communities and around the world.

We are harnessing the power of the arts as a medium to create a world as it should be.

We are supporting youth with disabilities in dozens of countries to add self-advocacy and disability inclusion to their leadership toolkit.

  • Learn about MIUSA's involvement with U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs for youth overseas, including the FLEX, YEAR, and YES programs.

We are sharing best practices for implementing disability rights legislation with international activists.

This includes disabled activists and allies fighting for independent living in Armenia and for sign language access in Kenya.

We are ensuring that higher education includes global perspectives on disability.

We are holding the international development community accountable for implementing a disability inclusion strategy.