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Flowchart of Empower Partnership Model. 19 NGO in-country partners, 19 DPO in-country partners, and 19 U.S. partners formed 19 international teams which resulted in 57 organizations changing communities.

The Empower Framework

Empower Partnerships created 19 teams, each a triad:  A U.S. organization matched with two partner organizations from another country, one disability-led and the other committed to disability inclusion.

U.S. representatives first traveled to their partners’ home countries to gain an understanding of disability access and inclusion in their communities.

International teams were in turn hosted by their American partners in cities across the U.S., consulting with professional counterparts, experiencing the impact of U.S. disability rights advocacy, and laying the groundwork for collaborative projects in their respective communities.

Finally, all 19 teams met in Washington, D.C. for a forum addressing global practices on disability inclusion.

Returning home, overseas partners carried out joint projects using small grants and the combined expertise of their team.

To learn more about the Empower Partnership teams from 20 countries, download the Empower Partnerships Project document below.

The Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities program is administered by MIUSA and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State.

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