Women Enabled International Launches accountABILITY Toolkit

Women Enabled International, a USICD member organization, has launched its new toolkit entitled accountABILITY: A Guide to Using UN Human Rights Mechanisms to Advance the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities.

Women Enabled's accountABILITY Toolkit seeks to empower women with disabilities and organizations working on their behalf to make use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms. Bringing the voices and experiences of women and girls with disabilities to the U.N. human rights system is essential to hold States accountable for their human rights obligations and to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide.

Download the accountABILITY Toolkit free of charge. English and Spanish versions of the toolkit are available in both PDF and accessible Microsoft Word formats.

USICD Meets with Russian Disability Delegation

Group photo of USICD Executive Director Isabel Hodge with Russian disabiltiy delegation.

USICD Executive Director (center) meets with Russian International Vistor Leadership Program (IVLP) Disability Delegation

USICD's Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, met with a disability delegation from Russia on 14 March at the USICD office in Washington, D.C. The group was invited to the United States under the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) coordinated by Graduate School USA. Mrs. Hodge shared information about USICD's important international work, and answered questions relating to early intervention, special education, Medicaid and HCBS waivers, augmentative and alternative communication, and discussed person-centered planning and building social capacity. The delegation will meet with other NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area over the next few days.

Javed Abidi, India Disability Rights Leader, Passes Away

Javed Abidi, a long-time disability rights leader in India, has passed away.

His various accomplishments have included founding the Disability Rights Group and serving as director of the National Centre of Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in India. He is credited as being "instrumental" in wrdrafting the India's 1995 Disability Act. He also played a key role in driving the 2016 revision of the law to make it more compliant with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

An overview of Javed Abidi's life is available through an assortment of news articles and other online resources. A sampling is linked below

Wikipedia on Javed Abidi

Obit in Times of India

Obit in Hindustan

Javed Abidi's Twitter Feed

Two Important Youth in Development Announcements

 

If you have read our annual report, then you may know that we have discontinued our Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program for the time being. 

Through our network of USICD organizational members, we will make it easier for you to learn about other opportunities relevant to emerging professionals with disabilities who aspire to careers in international development or foreign affairs. When an organization tells us of a specific opportunity, we will pass along that information to you via our Youth in Development mailing list. The number of mailings via this mailing list will usually be light.

If you are interested in learning about these opportunities as they emerge, you will want to subscribe to USICD's Youth in Development mailing list. You can manage your subscription here via USICD's website. In the right hand navigation bar, you will find a box that invites you to subscribe to USICD's newsletter. If you enter your email address in that box, it will take you to a page that asks you to fill in your name and select whether you want to subscribe to the Youth in Development mailing list, or to USICD's newsletter, or both. 

 

AmazonSmile - A No Cost Way to Donate to USICD

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You can contribute to USICD at no cost to you! USICD is a registered organization with the AmazonSmile program. That means, if you sign up to participate in the AmazonSmile program, .05% of all eligible purchase amounts will go to USICD. If you spend $500 per year, USICD will receive $25; if you spend $1,000, USICD gets $50. Just think how that could be multiplied if you get all your family members and friends to do the same. Every donation, no matter how small, takes us one step closer to realizing our vision. 

It's easy to do! Visit AmazonSmile and on your first visit select the "United States International Council on Disabilities" as the charitable organization you want to receive your donations before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to USICD. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations and such eligibility is noted with the product's information with the simple message: Eligible for "AmazonSmile" donation.
Bookmark smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and shop at AmazonSmile. There are no differences in prices or products if you shop through smile.amazon.com except that a percentage of the money you spend goes to USICD. 

Please take a few minutes to take this simple action if you shop on Amazon and encourage others to do the same. 

Thank you so much. 

USICD Resource Committee

Highlights of USICD's Work in 2017

The USICD Board and Staff would like to thank our USICD members, partners, sponsors, friends and colleagues for being with us in 2017, and for celebrating our 25th Anniversary with us at the USICD Gala that was held at the Embassy of France on 5 December!

Click here to view photos from the Gala.

Click here to view a video of highlights from our work in 2017.

USICD Releases Consolidations of Disability Citations in the 2015 State Department Human Rights Repo

Each year, the U.S. Department of State releases an extensive compilation of human rights reports covering the previous calendar year for 194 different countries around the world. The full set of human rights reports for a single year can easily fill thousands of pages. For people who want to see only the disability-related citations woven throughout these reports, it can take a long time to wade through these thousands of pages to find them.

USICD's team has done the work for you! Each year, USICD staff and interns seek out references to disability issues throughout the State Department human rights reports and consolidate them into a single file for each major geographical region. These regional reports are also consolidated into a single, much larger file. Each file can be downloaded in accessible PDF format. The disability consolidations covering the year 2015 have just been completed and are now available via USICD's website. You also can find disability consolidations going back to the year 2010:
USICD's team is now working on consolidating disability citations that were in the US State Department reports covering the year 2016, which were recently released. We will announce in our newsletter when the 2016 consolidations become available sometime later this year.