Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
Invites women with disabilities around the world to apply for the
6th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
August 6 – 27, 2012 (Tentative)
Eugene, Oregon, USA
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
ABOUT THE WILD PROGRAM:
MIUSA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) will bring together approximately 30 women leaders with disabilities from approximately 30 different countries, to strengthen leadership skills, create new visions and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming.
During the three-week program, participants will take part in workshops, seminars and discussions, conduct on-site visits, and participate in team-building activities, to explore challenges and exchange strategies for increasing leadership opportunities and participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs.
WHO CAN APPLY: ELIGIBILITY
Women with disabilities who are from:
- South Pacific
- Middle East
- Latin America
Women with disabilities who are:
- Established leaders and/or professionals
- Emerging young leaders, ages 21 and above
Women with disabilities who speak or use at least ONE of the following languages:
- Conversational English (minimum)
- Sign Language; preferably familiar with American Sign Language (ASL)
• MIUSA uses ASL sign language interpreters who are experienced and skilled at providing interpretation for individuals who use different sign languages.
• Spoken and sign language interpretation will be provided during formal program activities, workshops, discussions and site visits only.
WHO CAN APPLY: QUALIFICATIONS
Women leaders with disabilities who demonstrate:
- Personal experience with disability, an understanding of issues, and a commitment to working for the rights of women and girls with disabilities
- Membership in an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or civil society organization committed to the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing leadership opportunities of women with disabilities in the community and/or country
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing the participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs
MIUSA will strive for diversity of geographic region, age, ethnic background, and types of disability in final selection of qualified participants. MIUSA will give priority to qualified women with disabilities who:
- Are from rural communities
- Are members of indigenous groups
- Have not participated in a MIUSA exchange program
- Have not visited the United States
The WILD program will include interactive workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women with disabilities, including:
• National and International Policies and Legislation, including the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disability Policy
• Educational rights and opportunities including specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
• Leadership for economic empowerment, including higher education, training models, supported employment, microenterprise, private sector partnerships, career mentorship, skill-building, employment policy, and career development.
• Health and family issues including parenting, health care, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and violence prevention
• Using the media
• Coalition building
• Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
• Goals and action plans to promote collaborative relationships with other organizations for the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs.
• Inclusive international development, including exchanging strategies for inclusion with representatives from U.S-based international development organizations and/or human rights organizations
• Cultural and team-building experiences
• Mentorship and networking
LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION:
• Simple but comfortable lodging with a local host family will be provided. During one-week of the program, shared lodging will be provided at a simple outdoor retreat center.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day. All supplemental meals, snacks, or personal incidentals (including laundry) will be at the expense of each delegate.
• Accessible public transportation will be provided.
Note: Please do not expect “luxury” accommodations, meals, or transportation.
Accepted participants will be responsible for:
1. $250 USD program fee. Limited scholarships may be available based on applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Applications for a scholarship will be provided upon acceptance to the WILD program.
2. Obtaining a current, valid passport and U.S. visa, including all related costs such as travel to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the home country
MIUSA will provide:
1. Roundtrip airplane tickets for participants to travel from home countries to Eugene, Oregon, USA
2. Travel health insurance during the WILD program
3. Food, lodging, program activities and accessible public transportation during the WILD program
4. Disability-related accommodations, including sign language interpreters, funding for personal assistants, etc.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2012
We receive a large number of applications for a limited number of openings.
Send your application by e-mail (preferred), or fax:
The International Indigenous Network of People with Disabilities (IINPWD) is an email-based network where participants advocate and mediate for the voice of indigenous/first peoples with disabilities to be heard at all levels of the development and implementation of law and policy in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. IINPWD welcome all respectful communications and posts on indigenous/first peoples and disability issues especially those that directly impact on indigenous/first peoples with disabilities. We hope you become a part of a growing and dynamic movement.
Membership of the IINPWD is open to international, regional, national or local organizations, groups or networks of Indigenous people with disabilities, as well as to individual Indigenous people with disabilities. All who identify, as Indigenous people with a disability are welcome, irrespective of birthplace, disability, sexual identity, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, age, ethnicity, religious background, etc. The network also invites Indigenous people without disabilities and non Indigenous People to join in as allies to the IINPWD.
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Call for papers
Title: World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Edited by: Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus
Deadline for abstract submissions: May 1, 2009
Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
The editors of World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives invite contributions for an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural collection of essays that critically examine how the religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and/or chronic illness. Religious teachings and practices help to establish cultural standards for what is deemed “normal” human physical and mental behavior and in establishing a moral order for the fit and healthy body and mind. Religion plays an important role in determining how disability is understood and how persons with disabilities are treated or mistreated in a given historical-cultural context.
The existent literature exploring intersections between religion and disability typically focuses on a single religious tradition or cultural context, often prioritizing a Judeo-Christian approach. In response to the challenges and opportunities posed by a post-modern, pluralistic, global world, our goal in this volume is to promote interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and inter-religious conversations regarding world religions and disability. We welcome a wide variety of methodological and theoretical approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and theological/philosophical investigation. Contributors are especially encouraged to incorporate into their analysis literature and theoretical perspectives from the growing field of disability studies. Our aim is to produce a comparative text discussing religion and disability which gives voice to scholars and practitioners of many of the world’s rich and varied religious traditions, a
Abstracts not to exceed 600 words are due by May 1, 2009 and should be sent to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The abstracts will be reviewed and decisions will be made regarding inclusion in the volume by June 15, 2009. Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee inclusion in the collection; editors will review and make final decisions upon receipt of the completed essays.
Any questions may also be directed to Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus at the addresses listed above.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Asian religions and disability
Indigenous and/or native religions and disability
Disability and inter-religious comparison, contrast, and dialogue
Celtic, Druid, and/or Wiccan religions and disability
Religious and/or sacred texts and disability
Religion, prejudice, ethics and disability
Religious conceptions of creation, evil, sin, healing, suffering and disability
Religious/philosophical conceptions of the body or self and disability
Founders of religions (i.e. Mohammad, Buddha, Jesus, etc.) and their encounters with disability
The shaping of identity, religion, and disability
Religious rituals and the inclusion or exclusion of persons with disabilities
Critical perspectives on religion and disability
Theologies of disability
[Note from We Can Do editor: It is my hope that some readers might consider submitting abstracts/papers focusing on religion and disability in the context of developing countries, particularly in relation to topics such as poverty, human rights, or international development.]
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