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The USICD Logo with the words Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

USICD’s Fundraising Annual Gala

Every year we observe and celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on or around December 3rd. At our gala, we honor leaders of the disability rights movement whose impact has been felt on the international stage—American policymakers are recipients of the Dole-Harkin Award, for distinction in public service to the global disability community, and an overseas disability rights advocate is honored for his/her outstanding work in advancing the rights, opportunities, and dignity of persons with disabilities.

2019 Gala

THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES With the USICD Board, Donors, Friends and Congressional, Corporate, and other Partners of USICD!

Our 2019 Dole- Harkin Award Honorees!

Special Honor for International Advocacy presented to:

Sir Philip Craven, United Kingdom
Second President of the International Paralympic Committee

View photos from the 2019 Gala that was held at the AT&T Forum on 3 December, 2019

Watch video remarks from USICD’s President, Dr. Patricia Morrissey

Read Dr. Patricia Morrissey’s remarks

Watch the Marca Bristo memorial video shown at the Gala

Watch video remarks from Sir Philip Craven

Please contact USICD’s Executive Director Isabel Hodge for 2020 Gala sponsorship details.


Past Gala Details:

2014 Dole-Harkin Honoree – Senator Tom Harkin; International Advocate- Gerard Quinn, Ireland. Event held at the U.S. Institute of Peace. View Photos.

2015 Dole-Harkin Honoree – Senator Kelly Ayotte; International Advocate, Kalle Konkkola, Finland. Event held at the Embassy of Finland. View Photos.

2016 Dole- Harkin Honorees – Senator Al Franken & Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers; International Advocate, Silvia Quan, Guatemala. Event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. View Photos.

2017 Dole-Harkin Honorees – Senator John Barrasso & Judith Heumann; International Advocate, Risnawati Utami, Indonesia. Event held at the Embassy of France. View Photos.

2018 Dole-Harkin Honorees – Senator John McCain II & Senator Tammy Duckworth; International Advocate, Rosemary Kayess, Australia. Event held at the AT&T Forum in Washington, DC. View Photos.