USICD's Blog

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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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

The 27th Birthday of the Americans with Disabilities Act
By USICD President, Dr. Patricia Morrissey Twenty-seven years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to draft amendments, along with my colleague, Randy Johnson, now with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that were retained in the law. The ADA not only transformed communities but recalibrated […]

Why International Development Students Need to Take Disability Studies
When I was 10 years old, my mom and I spent one month in the Philippines to visit relatives.

First Time for Everything
Being in USICD’s internship program gave me an opportunity to stay in the George Washington University Potomac House dorm, where I was assigned to be roommates with fellow cohort, Janelle Lyons!

From Inside the Classroom to Saving Lives
Many students graduate college and start to work. They quickly realize that everything they have learned in school is useless for their current profession

Fears and Rewards
I’ll admit that I had a certain amount of apprehension before moving to Washington, D.C., for my internship with NDI through the USICD's internship program.

Promoting Inclusive Spaces for STEM Fields and Agricultural Sciences
The absence of disabled people in STEM is a symptom of the all too frequent inaccessible experiential learning opportunities in STEM fields.

The American Way of Exclusion
“Nothing about us, without us!” Everyone, at one time or another, has experienced the dreaded feeling of exclusion.

Immigrant’s Tale: Bridges not Walls
I am an immigrant in United States who has a disability and a purpose—words that I now feel the need to say more and more often as the current political climate shifts.