USICD's Blog

USICD has launched a blog to provide a forum for more in depth analysis and reflection on important issues relating to disability rights.  The blog will be updated frequently and will feature posts by USICD Board Members, Staff, Guest bloggers, and more.  

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Callie Frye’s Guide to International Development Careers
Growing up, I always felt this need to service people in need globally. It has always been a passion of mine to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity in other countries compromised by humanitarian crises. I have learned about the nonprofit sector in depth in my graduate courses at DePaul University, but I […]

Presidential Opening Remarks at USICD’s 2015 Annual Meeting
Dr. Patricia Morrissey, President of USICD's Board of Directors, delivered the following remarks at the start of USICD's 2015 annual meeting on October 8. This year, for the first time, USICD's annual meeting was held entirely by teleconference phone line.

Media Engagement Tips for Disability Advocates
By Justice Shorter As a graduate student with a concentration in Policy Advocacy and a background in communication, I have spent much of my spare time exploring every exposed or hidden corner of advocacy communications. My work this summer with Women Enabled International encouraged me to further examine media representations of women and girls with […]

Inclusion in Electoral Systems
By Lisa Guerra Every human being has a right to vote. We live in a world where voting, in general, is viewed as privilege, not a fundamental right. Why a privilege? Governments (whether democratic or constitutional monarchies) pick and choose who can and cannot exercise their civic duties for various reasons. Some excluded populations are […]

My Summer in D.C.
By Neelam Dhadankar This summer I am one of six participants in the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program. When I first learned about USCID from my professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison, I was intrigued by their advocacy and vision of a world […]

When is it Our Turn? Achieving Disability Rights
By Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette Two recent events have gotten me to thinking about some important issues vis-à-vis the community of persons with disabilities (PWD) in the United States. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and bask in the glorious afterglow of the recent Supreme Court decision […]

Media Misrepresentations of Women & Girls With Disabilities
By Justice Shorter We are leaders. We are mothers. We are scientists. We are doctors. We are lawyers. We are entrepreneurs/businesswomen. We are veterans. We are your classmates. We are your colleagues We live in your communities. Our thoughts are credible. Our contributions are undeniable. There are millions of us. Can you see us? Do […]

Three UN Conferences to Impact Global Development
by Austin Slaymaker 2015 is sure to be a pioneering year for global development. With three United Nations (UN) conferences, twenty-fifteen is considered a “Year of Global Action” and is a year that could have lasting effects on generations to come. The first conference was this month, from July 13-16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; it […]

Open Letter to Humanitarian Organizations
By Callie Frye Dear humanitarian organizations, From the bottom of my heart, I want to express gratitude for all of your work in humanitarian crises including natural disasters and man-made disasters. All of you altogether have had a significant impact in these affected and needy populations’ lives. You are a diverse sector, but you share […]

The Legacy of War, a Half-Century Later
by Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette There are still roughly 80 million unexploded cluster munitions and other ordnance (UXO) left in the small Southeast Asian nation of Laos, representing a tragic and destructive legacy of a nine-year ‘secret war’ waged by the United States during the Vietnam War. Between 1964 and 1973, over 240 million bombs were dropped […]