A Message From USICD President Dr. Patricia Morrissey
USICD President Patricia Morrissey, Ph.D
This is an exciting time for the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD). In this year, the membership of USICD wishes to remember the positive global influence that United States disability law, disabled people’s empowerment has had, including the empowerment, of people with disabilities and the ADA in particular have had. USICD asserts that American disability rights principles should apply to our nation’s foreign assistance as a matter of enforceable law, policy and practice, ensuring that all foreign assistance and international development efforts funded by the American people are inclusive of people with disabilities.
Hosting international Fellows is one way USICD helps us share American disability rights principles with the world. Just recently, USICD hosted two U.S. State Department funded professional Fellows, Mr. Daniel Csango (Hungary) and Mr. Ronald Kasule (Uganda). Both fellows had employment projects and USICD arranged over 15 meetings with offices in the Federal government, national non-profit organizations and for-provide companies. We are very appreciative to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with Mr. Csango and Mr. Kasule.
There are just a few other items I want to share with you:
Please take time to learn about our Triple I - Invest in Inclusion International initiative and our visit our Call to Appoint a Special Advisor on International Disability Righs webpage. We must continue to keep pressure on the Trump administration. We cannot have zero representation at the U.S. Department of State and USAID when 15% of the world's population has a disability!
I also hope you have taken time to read our White Paper titled, "Stakeholders’ Understanding and Monitoring of the Implementation of CRPD Article 32." USICD's Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, recently made a statement about our study findings at the 11th UN Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We are delighted to learn that Gallaudet University's International Development Master of Art's (IDMA) degree program is incorporating our White Paper as required reading for students. We have another White Paper that will be released soon on policites-- exciting times for USICD!
Lastly, USICD recently published a Press Release regarding the separation of immigrant families, especial family members with disabilities. We have been receiving queries from members of Congress and others on this issue. We would appreciate your support by becoming a member of USICD or donating to USICD. We must grow USICD and our membership network in order to be effective advocates.
I look forward to sharing more information with you over the next months. USICD is energized and welcomes your help as we pursue our policy priorities, expands our membership, and connects people around the world to strengthen disability rights. And of course, please send us your thoughts and suggestions!