Going on Vacation?

A photo of Four canes and disability booksWhenever USICD's Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, travels overseas, whether its for work or a vacation, she takes equipment to donate to a local disabled persons organization. 

She shares, "I go yard saling and to auctions and pick up canes for $1 and larger items like walkers for a few dollars. If I can fit them in a suitcase or take them on a flight, then I take them. Reading glasses are probably the easiest thing to take. I'll also pick up socks for children with disabilities, rain ponchos, and small $2-$3 stuffed animals." 

This week she's visiting Antigua and Barbuda and will provide the local disabled persons organization (DPO), the Antigua and Barbuda Association of persons with Disabilities, with canes and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act and teaching indepence skills to children with disabilities. 

She continued,"I prefer to provide items to a local DPO than donate to an orphanage. When you donate to a DPO, you are supporting de-institutionalization and strengthening their advocacy efforts. When you donate to an orphanage, you are perpetuating the rampant segregation of children and adults with disabilities, and in some cases supporting human trafficking." 

If you are traveling overseas to a less resourced country and want to find a local DPO to donate items to, or funds, then please contact USICD (a few weeks in advance of your travel) at info@usicd.org and we will identify a worthy DPO for you. Send us photos of your donations and who you gave them to and we will highlight you in our next newsletter!

USICD Poster Contest

USICD Poster Contest

USICD invites you to showcase your artistic talent and commitment to disability rights and inclusion by participating in the inaugural Poster Contest. This poster contest helps us to raise awareness about international disability rights issues.

The winner will receive $300.00, a USICD swag bag filled with USICD merchandise and their poster featured during the annual USICD Gala to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and other 2018-2019 events. Click the below links to read the contest details and print the release form that must accompany your submitted artwork. 

USICD Poster Contest Details

Poster Contest Release Form

USICD Meets with First Lady of Mozambique

Mr. Carlos Quembo (Left) with Mrs. Isaura Nyusi and Isabel

Mr. Carlos Quembo (left), Mozambique's First Lady Mrs. Isaura Nyusi  (center) and USICD's Executive Director, Mrs. Isabel Hodge (right)

On 24 September, IREX Community Solutions Program Fellow, Mr. Carlos Quembo, from Mozambique and USICD's Executive Director, Isabel Hodge traveled to New York City to meet with the First Lady of Mozambique, Mrs. Isaura Nyusi, while she was here for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. They discussed challenges facing people with disabilities in Mozambique, and in particular, the need for inclusive education and rehabilitation. USICD looks forward to future collaboration with the government and disabled peoples organizations in this country. Please take a moment to read Mr. Quembo's blog.

USICD Releases White Paper on Monitoring CRPD Article 32

Billions of dollars are invested every year in projects meant to fight poverty, provide quality education services for students, improve access to healthcare services, and more. Unfortunately, too many of these projects leave behind people with disabilities. Both governments and civil society, including disabled persons organizations (DPOs), can play a role in holding bilateral and multilateral international development agencies accountable for disability inclusion in their projects. A White Paper released by the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) in June 2018, Stakeholders’ Understanding and Monitoring of the Implementation of CRPD Article 32, makes recommendations on how.

Article 32 of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—the international human rights treaty on persons with disabilities—requires that international cooperation activities be disability inclusive. 

AmazonSmile - A No Cost Way to Donate to USICD

 Amazon Smile back-to-school banner

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

USICD Press Release

USICD Mourns the Loss of Senator John McCain and Will Honor Him with Its Award
August 27, 2018
In recognition of his lifetime of service to disability rights, Senator John McCain will receive USICD’s Dole-Harkin award for distinction in public service to the global disability community. The award will be presented posthumously at USICD’s Gala to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in December 2018.

USICD Brown Bag Session: Observations from the Field in Myanmar, Indonesia & Cambodia

Ilene Zeitzer presenting to brown bag session participants

Ilene Zeitzer (center) Kicks Off USICD's Brown Bag Series

Internationally recognized expert on comparative disability policy, Ilene Zeitzer, provides a Brown Bag session titled, Observations from the Field in Myanmar, Indonesia & Cambodia. Click here to access the power point from the 18 September presentation. 

USICD Releases White Paper on International Development Disability Policy & Practice

Bilateral and multilateral agencies are powerful stakeholders in the international development field. They are responsible for driving projects that do everything from improving education and health outcomes in developing countries, to strengthening public participation in democratic processes, to boosting gender equality in employment. Although some of these projects include persons with disabilities among their beneficiaries, others exclude them. And often their exclusion begins in the policies meant to guide staff at international development agencies on how they should carry out their activities.

A newly released White Paper from the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), International Development: Disability Policy & Practice reviews and assesses disability inclusion in the policies of selected bilateral and multilateral agencies.