RightsNow! Project Expands to Armenia

A group of U.S. and Armenian adults stand on a brick street in front of a building. Several group members use wheelchairs.
U.S. professionals visit Agate Center staff in Armenia during MIUSA's Sports for Success exchange in 2014.
Offering lessons learned from the U.S. to disability rights leaders in Eastern Europe

MIUSA and the RightsNow! U.S. Consortium are building upon our work in Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam, by expanding technical assistance and trainings to Armenia and working in collaboration with the Agate Center, a local disabled peoples’ organization founded and led by MIUSA’s WILD alumna Ms. Karine Grigoryan.

“We need effective mechanisms to monitor the implementation of laws. Through this project, we hope to learn experiences not only in U.S., but also project countries: Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam.” – Karine Grigoryan, Agate Center

The project offers technical assistance, tools and resources to disability rights leaders, governments and civil society in all four project countries in order to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of national and local law and policy. Additionally, the project focuses on improving infrastructural and environmental physical accessibility, and promotes access and participation of people with disabilities in all sectors of society by sharing lessons learned from the U.S. disability rights movement, key principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other U.S. disability rights legislation. Learn more about the project here.

The RightsNow! project will be launched in Armenia with an initial field visit conducted U.S. experts followed by in-country trainings. Learn more about Agate Center and Ms. Grigoryan here.