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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, [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Student with Disability is Host Family’s Shining Star

Student with Disability is Host Family’s Shining Star 0

When Katharine Royal was five years old, she told her grandfather that one day she’d welcome a child from Africa into her life. Years later, her childhood dream came true as she and her husband opened their home to Stella, a high school exchange student from Kenya who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. [...]

High School Exchange Students with Disabilities Leave their Mark

High School Exchange Students with Disabilities Leave their Mark 0

Accomplishments from coast to coast! Congratulations to all of the high school exchange students with disabilities who traveled thousands of miles from home to learn, grow, share and contribute in American host communities this year. You now join an active network of alumni of State Department-sponsored youth programs, alumni working towards positive social change, including [...]

Build Your Confidence by Going Abroad

Build Your Confidence by Going Abroad 0

Anne Reuss is a social media consultant who describes herself as “fearless.” Anne, who is Deaf, developed her fearlessness, along with her confidence, while studying abroad in Verona, Italy. She says that “[going abroad] made me fearless to connect with people.” While in Verona, Anne took classes in photography, Italian, art history and painting. She [...]

The Power of Disabled Women Activists

The Power of Disabled Women Activists 0

For International Women’s Day, MIUSA recognizes and celebrates all women leaders with disabilities around the world who are revolutionizing the status of women and girls worldwide. View some of these amazing women in this slideshow. Be part of the revolution! Your donation supports our upcoming women with disabilities projects, including the Women’s Institute on Leadership [...]