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USICD has launched a blog to provide a forum for more in depth analysis and reflection on important issues relating to disability rights.  The blog will be updated frequently and will feature posts by USICD Board Members, Staff, Guest bloggers, and more.  

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My Expectations During my Fellowship with USICD by Wike Devi Erianti
  I’m so thrilled to start my fellowship experience this fall in Washington, DC – United States of America! My name is Wike Devi Erianti, a program officer at Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) in Jakarta, Indonesia. I have been working on human rights issues in Indonesia and ASEAN region for almost four years. The […]

Why You Should Employ People with Disabilities by USICD Program Manager, Vivian Fridas
  Every year, October is set aside as National Disability Employment Awareness month. During this time, we celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities make to the economy. This observance also seeks to promote the education and awareness of the value of a workforce inclusive of people with disabilities and their skills and talents.   […]

Cities and Inclusive Political Participation in Mozambique by Carlos (Ntsholo) Quembo
Introduction Today, September 25, 2018 begins the electoral campaign for the fifth municipal elections in Mozambique. There are 53 municipalities in total. As part of its activism, APODEMOS, a civil society organization that fight for the rights of disabled persons, particularly the right to access the city in Mozambique. This blog addresses ways in which disabled people are […]

Raising a child with disability in Mozambique by Carlos Quembo
Mozambique, located in southern Africa region, is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has almost 29,000,000 habitants (INE, 2017), 4% of them, about 1,600,000 inhabitants are disabled. Despite greater availability of health resources and positive socio-economic developments, in the last years, inequities in health and education continue to be a challenge for […]

The 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  Vivian Fridas is USICD’s new Program Manager.  She has a master’s degree in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations from St. John’s University in New York and received a certificate in International Law and Diplomacy.  Most recently, Vivian worked at the Women’s Refugee Commission in their Disability Program where she assisted […]

My Perspective on Why It Is Important for the U.S. to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), by Della Leonor
I believe what is essential is the unity that it shows when a country decides to ratify the Convention. Ratification--and subsequent implementation--will allow for more benefits and comprehensive rights for persons with disabilities in the US and enhance the already existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Executive Director, Isabel Hodge
2017 Theme: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all Sunday was the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect […]

Message from Isabel Hodge, New USICD Executive Director
By Isabel Hodge, USICD Executive Director Dear UISCD Members and Friends, I am beginning my third month as the new Executive Director of USICD and I have never been busier! As a part of our Disability in Public Policy (DIPP) project, I have had productive meetings with four key Members of the House (the Co-Chairs […]

Untold Story: I am the Present and Future Story of Those Who Inspire Me
Almost everyone I meet asks me the same question: what was the difference between living in Hatton, Alabama and Arkhangelsk, Russia? The one aspect I never addressed was the difference in people's facial expressions when they met me for the first time.

Trial by Fire: Rising Phoenix
Recently, I presented to the Education Practice team at the World Bank