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
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
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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!