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Sports Play a Role in Disability Advocacy

Sports Play a Role in Disability Advocacy 0

In the Spotlight: Armenian Association for the Disabled (Pyunic), a national non-profit advocacy and service organization located in Yerevan, Armenia. Mr. Hakob Abrahamyan, President of Pyunic, shares the motivation behind his work and the status of disability in his country. What is your mission at Pyunic? Armenian Association for the Disabled (Pyunic) was established in [...]

7 Ways to Encourage People with Disabilities to Apply

7 Ways to Encourage People with Disabilities to Apply 1

Say cheese! Include pictures of people with disabilities on your website and marketing materials. We want you. State explicitly people with disabilities and others are encouraged to apply. On your website. On your brochures. Say it often! Think positive. A negative attitude will trump a policy any day. Make sure staff, overseas partners and faculty [...]

Teen with a Disability Adds Flag to Hall of Nations

Teen with a Disability Adds Flag to Hall of Nations 0

Azat Toroev jokes that he is happy if his classmates can find Kyrgyzstan on a map. Since he arrived in his host state of Colorado, he has been raising awareness of his native country while studying for a year at a U.S. high school as part of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. Toroev, who [...]

Advocacy for Disabled Women in Armenia

Advocacy for Disabled Women in Armenia 0

  In the Spotlight: Agate Center for Women with Disabilities with Special Needs, a Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) located in Gyumri, Armenia. Ms. Karine Grigoryan, founder and President of the Agate Center, shares the motivation behind her work and the status of disability in her country.   What is your mission at Agate? “Our mission [...]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out What Language Means to Us

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out What Language Means to Us 1

New Year’s Resolution time! Starting today, let’s resolve to get over the hump of insecurity when it comes to disability language. Language and words are important – they convey your values and demonstrate your level of familiarity, but they often get in the way of starting a conversation. Over the past year, I have been [...]

International Exchange Benefits U.S. Disability Professionals

International Exchange Benefits U.S. Disability Professionals 0

While working with partners from the Dominican Republic to promote the country’s new disability rights law, Kimberly Tissot, who is the Executive Director of Able South Carolina in the USA, found a lot in common. “I thought the disability community there was going to be different,” said Tissot, who has a physical disability. “We all [...]

New Video: Make a Change!

New Video: Make a Change! 0

“We won’t wait, it’s time to infiltrate!” Filmed during MIUSA’s 2013 Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI), twenty-one women with disabilities urge the international development community to recognize and utilize their expertise as consultants, advisors and leaders. For too long, women and girls with disabilities have been excluded from critical development programs such as education, [...]

International Education Week Embraces Inclusion

International Education Week Embraces Inclusion 0

“I never thought studying abroad was for me,” signs a man using American Sign Language in a new video released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This year for International Education Week, November 11-22, the international education field aims to challenge perceptions about who can or cannot participate in [...]

Will the Affordable Care Act Breakdown Remaining Barriers to International Exchange?

Will the Affordable Care Act Breakdown Remaining Barriers to International Exchange? 0

Most barriers to people with disabilities participating in international exchanges are more imagined than real, and can disappear in the face of education to dispel assumptions. Others can be resolved through creative problem-solving. Every now and then there are the brick walls. These usually have to do with legal requirements or governmental policies and are [...]

Peace Corps Provides Professional Development for People with Disabilities

Peace Corps Provides Professional Development for People with Disabilities 0

The Peace Corps provides an incredible opportunity for Americans, including Americans with disabilities, to do community service for 27 months in a developing country. Many Peace Corps volunteers report that their experiences abroad transform them, profoundly impacting their career paths and life choices. Jessica Chesbro, who has a mobility disability, is one of them. She [...]