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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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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 […]

Constitutions, Constitutions, and Constitutions
Lisa Guerra By Lisa Guerra Week two of my internship is about to be over. Constitutions, electoral laws, and inclusion are everything I do lately at the tiny cozy desk on K Street. When I arrived at my internship at the International Foundations for Electoral Systems (IFES), I honestly did not know what to expect […]

Section 504 Is a Powerful Tool for Disability Rights, How about Extending Its Reach?
by Dr. Patricia Morrissey Patricia Morrissey is President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities.  She has played a central role in drafting major federal disability legislation and she was a member of the U.S. Delegation to a United Nations Committee while it drafted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Read […]

First USICD President’s Blog
by Dr. Patricia Morrissey Patricia Morrissey is President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities.  She has played a central role in drafting major federal disability legislation and she was a member of the U.S. Delegation to a United Nations Committee while it drafted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Happy […]

Disabled Advocates Demand Ratification of Disability Treaty #CRPD!
Feel the energy of these advocates calling for U.S. ratification of an important agreement among countries to uphold the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world!  Yes, this six-minute video has captions! Take action to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, “Disability Treaty”) at http://disabilitytreaty.org.  The […]

Ride or Die
By Daniel Van Sant Daniel Van Sant is one of eight participants in the 2014 USICD Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship. He and other USICD program interns have written a series of blog posts about their experiences with USICD’s internship program this summer, to be posted at this blog.  USICD coordinates the internship program, which brings a cohort of students and […]

The Life-Long Impact of USICD’s Internship Program
By Theophilus Jlateh Theophilus Jlateh is one of eight participants in the 2014 USICD Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship.  He and other USICD program interns will be writing a series of blog posts about their experiences with the program this summer, to be posted at this blog.  USICD coordinates the internship program, which brings a cohort of students and […]

Accessibility Shouldn’t Stop at the Door
By Lindsay Lee Lindsay Lee is one of eight participants in the 2014 Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) internship program.  She and other YIDA interns will be writing a series of blog posts about their experiences with the YIDA program this summer, to be posted at this blog.  USICD coordinates the YIDA internship program, which brings a […]

Walking the Walk
By Maegan Shanks Maegan Shanks is one of eight participants in the 2014 Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) internship program.  She and other YIDA interns will be writing a series of blog posts about their experiences with the YIDA program this summer, to be posted at this blog.  USICD coordinates the YIDA internship program, which brings a […]

Toward Disability Rights
By Vivian Fridas Vivian Fridas  is one of eight participants in the 2014 Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) internship program.  She and other YIDA interns will be writing a series of blog posts about their experiences with the YIDA program this summer, to be posted at this blog.  USICD coordinates the YIDA internship program, which brings a cohort […]