MIUSA Exchange Programs

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Partnership Tackles Medias Role in Disability Advocacy

International Partnership Tackles Medias Role in Disability Advocacy 0

With the changing nature of media, there is more space for a variety of perspectives. Reporting on disability has often suffered from a lack of first-hand experience, and now people with disabilities have a wider range of options to take control of getting their own stories out into the public. Recently, two partners from Serbia [...]

Demanding Change

Demanding Change 0

Never underestimate the power of disabled women. Especially when they’re WILD women fighting their way to the forefront of the social debates, strategic planning sessions, and discussions about ending violence, illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, and inaccessible health services. When Rosy Sujatha Kulandai boarded a plane in Chennai, India, she embarked on a transformational journey with determination. [...]

Empowering Self-Advocates with Intellectual Disabilities in Israel

Empowering Self-Advocates with Intellectual Disabilities in Israel 0

  Separated by thousands of miles, Stephanie Blum has come together with kindred spirits overseas in Israel through a collaborative exchange partnership. Stephanie, who is a personal agent at Full Access in Eugene, Oregon, traveled to Jerusalem and Kiryat Ono, Israel on August 24 as a part of MIUSA’s Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities program [...]

Disability Collaboration in Nigeria Starts Empower Partnerships Project

Disability Collaboration in Nigeria Starts Empower Partnerships Project 3

When Suzanne Hurwitz traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, she became the first of many disability leaders traveling internationally as part of MIUSA’s Empower Partnerships program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Suzanne, who represents Initiative for Women with Disabilities at New York University Medical Center (IWD), is working with two Nigeria-based NGOs to collaborate on [...]

Area Coordinator Reflects on Placing a Student with a Disability

Area Coordinator Reflects on Placing a Student with a Disability 1

When Annie Reifsnyder became an Area Coordinator for CCI Greenheart, a non-profit organization that places international high school exchange students in the United States, she found a way to connect with students from around the world. One Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) student in particular caught her attention. “I received Natasha’s bio and was kind of enamored [...]

Sparking Your Creativity Abroad

Sparking Your Creativity Abroad 0

Reveca Torres is the creative type. Reveca, who uses a wheelchair, is the founder of the nonprofit BACKBONES, which bring peers with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) together for mutual support. She is also a fashion designer and artist. Her first international exchange, to Paris, happened when she was studying fashion design as an undergraduate in [...]