international disability organization or movement

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, [...]

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 [...]

Around the Clock, Around the World 0

Over the past 30 years, we have created spaces that bridge communities and encourage new conversations. In some cases, these turn into on-going collaborations with real results – ideas spark, new organizations begin, projects start, and friendships are formed. There’s not a lot of glory in the behind-the-scenes work to plan these gatherings – it [...]

Developing Election Access in Amman

Developing Election Access in Amman 0

In Jordan, recent elections in November 2010 highlighted a measure of success for people with disabilities (PWD). For the first time, voting polls were more accessible, thanks to the effort of a national campaign called Takafo (“equality” in Arabic). Takafo is made up of disability rights activists and representatives of organizations for PWD. Below, we [...]

Collaborating on Inclusive Development in Colombia

Collaborating on Inclusive Development in Colombia 2

Providing small grants to disability organizations such as The National Association of DeafBlind Colombia (SURCOE) can have wide impact toward major development organizations including people with disabilities. Disabled People’s Organizations have a unique role to play in the international field, educating development actors and serving as local experts on disability inclusion in cross-cutting projects such [...]