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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Internship Reflection
Apart from the skills I have learned through this internship, I have also met a lot of amazing and very talented people, both in person and through online platforms.

DeafBlind Citizens Take the Lead
Meeting members of DeafBlind Citizens in Action made me realize that there is still a lot of work needed to be done here in the United States with our disabled students.

Finding My Career Path
People keep telling me that internships are a great way to start finding out my interests, where I want to work, what I want to do, what types of jobs to look for, and how to go about it. Their advice did not truly sink in until I completed my undergraduate studies.

International Development Needs Workers with Disabilities
I knew that the development world needed people with disabilities in the field, but I couldn’t have imagined just how much until this summer.

Optimistic for Future Opportunities
How can we bring employers seeking to hire qualified candidates together with people with disabilities who meet the required qualifications and are interested in employment?

A New Year’s Message to USICD Members for 2016
The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) has a lot to do and is looking forward to your being part of that vision. We have a very dynamic board and high-energy staff. Here's hoping that you will follow what we do, help us when you can, and ask your friends to join USICD as members.

Callie Frye’s Guide to International Development Careers
By Callie Frye: 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 […]

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 […]