MIUSA exchange

Sports Play a Role in Disability Advocacy

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

From New York City to Spain

From New York City to Spain 0

A few weeks ago, I landed in JFK airport with “Empire State of Mind” blasting from my iPod. Though I’ve been to JFK many times, I’d never actually been to New York City, even though I’ve made an effort to put my wheel-print across the world. While I was looking forward to seeing the city, [...]

Spain: A Story of Redemption

Spain: A Story of Redemption 0

When Megan returned to Spain this year with a MIUSA Exchange Program, she had no idea she’d fall in love with a country she shared a tumultuous history with.

FLEXing Leadership Muscles in the U.S.

FLEXing Leadership Muscles in the U.S. 1

Can you imagine going to another country for a year as a teenager? Recently, MIUSA hosted high school exchange students with disabilities selected as part of the prestigious Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program and Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Two groups of students, from Eurasia and predominantly Muslim countries, joined [...]

Tapas and Travels

Tapas and Travels 0

For the past 15 years, MIUSA has received the generous support of the DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund, established by the founder of The Reader’s Digest Association, to provide an educational travel opportunity to U.S. young adults with disabilities from diverse communities.

Exchange Spotlight: Building Capacity for Inclusive Recreation

Exchange Spotlight: Building Capacity for Inclusive Recreation 1

A group of ten professionals and disability leaders from China participated in MIUSA’s 13-day U.S./China Inclusive Sports & Recreation for Youth with Disabilities Exchange Program, in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. Here is just a snapshot of some of the practical experiences that they will apply to their work, toward the goal of increasing inclusive recreation and [...]