Disabled Peoples' International North America Caribbean
USICD Attends 2017 DPI-NAC Regional Biennial Meeting
Participants of the 2017 Disabled Peoples' International North America Caribbean (DPI NAC) Biennial Meeting
USICD's Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, traveled to St. John's Antigua to attend the Disabled Peoples' International North America Caribbean (DPI-NAC) Biennial Regional meeting that was held on 19-20 August.
At the meeting, Isabel was elected to serve as the Vice President of DPI NAC. There are 16 member countries of DPI NAC; 12 of the 16 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). At the meeting, each country provided a report on their activities since the last DPI NAC meeting held in 2015. Many reported similiar challenges: high unemployment, the need for wheelchairs and other mobility devices, accessible housing, etc. Television coverage from the event can be found on the ABS Television/Radio Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/abstvradio/
Before Isabel traveled back to the USA, she met with individuals with disabilities and representatives from the Antigua and Barbuda's Ministry of Legal Affairs and the Ministry of Health Affairs. She attended the review of the country's first Disabilities and Equal Opportunities draft Bill and provided suggestions for improvement.
Isabel Hodge receives a thank you gift from Antigua and Barbuda's Ministry of Legal Affairs.
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USICD Partners with the Embassy of Afghanistan on Disability Rights Conference
The Afghanistan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming was a follow-up to the first National Conference on Disablity Rights convened by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential palace in October, 2016. Under President Ghani, the Afghan government has made disability rights a national priority.
The conference, which included USICD Board members, Stephanie Ortoleva and Judy Heumann, focused on practical approaches for making inclusive education, inclusive public healthcare, and vocational training and employment opportunities a reality for Afghan citizens living with disabilities.
Afghanistan's Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib welcomed participants. Also during the first day of the event, prominent Afghan and international disability rights advocates spoke on panels and responded to questions from the audience. On the second day of the conference, USICD was honored to host the Afghan delegates for a Knowledge Sharing Workshop where they had the opportunity to speak with American experts from U.S. disability organizations.
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