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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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.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
On June 16th, Handicap International USA celebrated HI's 35th birthday with a charming little tradition they like to call Cake Day.  Three cakes were baked, icing was piped, and sprinkles were spilled all over the floor and table

Enabling Careers—For Me, For Them
One of my goals is to craft and implement policy that will open up opportunities for gainful employment for Cambodians in Cambodia. Thanks to the YES program and my internship at World Learning, I think I have an idea of the type of program I want to develop.

Not Just an Internship
As a person with “invisible disabilities” or honestly for anyone with disabilities, it is a risk to move across the country to work.

Shifting Identities: Paralympian and International Development
When I began graduate school this past fall, I was nervous to talk about my Paralympic career too much. I was worried about allowing it to define me.

Cracking My Confidence Code
When I found out that I was going to be a USICD gender intern for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)—the World Bank’s private sector division—I was thrilled. Then the fear kicked in.

Unapologetically Me: The Power of Intersectionality
As the very essence of me—my race, gender, disability, etc.—are constantly coming under attack and scrutinized, understanding the power of intersectionality has become more important to me than ever before.

Beyond Dream to Real World Travels
Until recently, I thought that I was only capable of tele-travel because traveling through television is more accessible. [...] I thought that I could never find a career in international affairs as a result of barriers to accessible travel. However, I am starting to unlearn this mindset as a participant in USCID’s Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Program.