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Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library
January 6, 2011
Washington, DC – The Global Disability Rights Library project announces a call for organizations to apply to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL). Applications are open to disabled people’s organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries. Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities.
Note: Applications have now closed
United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), Nairobi, Kenya
July 17, 2013
Evaluating the GDRL Project
July 3, 2012
The GDRL team has begun to gather information to help assess the impact of the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project.
60 +1 GDRL Deployment Sites
July 3, 2012
All 60 deployment sites for the Global Disability Rights Library have been selected and have received their new eGranary Digital Library. These organizations are spread across 12 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Library for people with disabilities set for launching
November 28, 2011
Source: The Citizen
USICD Executive Director David Morrissey Takes Iowa by Storm
November 2, 2011
USICD Leads InterAction Discussion on International Disability Development
August 12, 2011
As a member organization of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S. based international NGOs, USICD was excited to participate in the InterAction Forum this month.
Disability rights: A global grass-roots movement
July 28, 2011
Source: The Gazette
While U.N. delegates and other global advocates work diligently to promote the CRPD, librarians at the U.S. International Council on Disabilities and at the University of Iowa have been collaborating with hundreds of organizations to develop the Global Disability Rights Library, or GDRL — a collection of more than 500,000 digital resources representing the world’s collective knowledge on how to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities in widely diverse locations, cultures and circumstances.
GDRL Prototype now Online!
June 14, 2011
Tips to improve your GDRL Site Deployment application
February 4, 2011
December GDRL Call Summary now Online
December 8, 2010
GDRL Internship Application Now Available
November 24, 2010
USICD is now acception applicants for Global Disability Rights Library internships.
November GDRL Summary now Online
November 22, 2010
USICD Hosts Teleconferences Introducing the GDRL
October 25, 2010
USICD hosted a pair of open teleconferences on the GDRL on October 20 and 21. This is a summary document of the conference call proceedings.
Andrea Shettle's Talking Points, October GDRL Calls
October 24, 2010
Talking points from USICD's October 20 and 21 community teleconferences on the GDRL, by Project Manager Andrea Shettle.
GDRL: The First 6 Months
July 7, 2010
The initial six months of the GDRL project has been focused on establishing a foundation upon which the remaining project can be built. The following bullets summarize our early progress. It is anticipated that, with these initial pieces in place, the remaining labor will move forward quickly in the months and years to come.
Biographies of IAB Members and Ex-officio Members
June 3, 2010
The International Advisory Board members and ex-officio members will provide expertise and advice to the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) Project. Read their biographies on this page.
International Advisory Board to Provide Input for Global Disability Rights Library Project
June 3, 2010
A newly-formed International Advisory Board (IAB) with 10 members and an additional nine ex-officio members will advise the Global Disability Rights Library project. Advisors in the IAB will advise GDRL staff in what type of information is important to include in the electronic disability rights library. The IAB also will assist in identifying partners around the world who can help gather content for the library, deploy the library in developing countries, and implement other related activities.
USICD Collaborates to Develop Global Disability Rights Library
March 4, 2010
USICD is collaborating with the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project to produce and distribute a Global Disability Rights Library for use in both developed and developing countries. This library will be an enhanced version of WiderNet’s eGranary Digital Library, an off-line information storage and collaboration platform that provides Internet-like access to digital resources without requiring Internet connectivity.