Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA)
4th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
August 12 – September 2, 2008
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
Application deadline: FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2008
Generous scholarships available.
American Sign Language interpretation*
MIUSA is currently accepting applications from emerging and established
women leaders with disabilities who are:
- From Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and
- First time visitors to the USA and have NOT participated in a MIUSA WILD
- From 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 employed in a business or program committed to inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
- **Women with disabilities who are from rural areas and/or indigenous backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply**
- Generous scholarships are available for this program.
The WILD program will include workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women with disabilities, including:
- Leadership for economic empowerment, including employment policy, legislation, private sector partnerships and coalition building
- Educational rights and opportunities including specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
- Career planning and higher education, including policies and support systems for women and girls with disabilities
- Employment strategies for women with disabilities including training models, supported employment, microenterprise, private sector partnerships, career mentorship and skill-building
- Health and family issues including parenting, health care and violence prevention
- Accessible transportation and communities including policy and implementation, public advocacy, model transport systems, solutions for accessibility
- Using the media and coalition building
- Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
- Cultural, team-building and community service experiences
- Goals and action plans to strengthen collaborative relationships with other organizations and/or businesses and to implement plans for the employment of women with disabilities locally, regionally or internationally
The official languages of WILD are English and American Sign Language (ASL). However, some language translation may be provided during formal program workshops and activities only. Specific languages (e.g. Arabic, French, Russian, and/or Spanish) will be determined based on need and availability of resources.
Materials in alternative formats will be provided. Other disability-related accessibility arrangements will be negotiated to ensure full participation of all program participants.
APPLY EARLY! Limited space available!
Application deadline is April 4, 2008. Late applications will be accepted as space permits. Application materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
Applications can be downloaded at http://www.miusa.org/miusa-exchange-programs/WILD2008/index_html or requested via e-mail at: email@example.com
Application forms are currently available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Translations into French and Russian are forthcoming.
Since 1981, MIUSA has been pioneering short-term international exchange programs for people with and without disabilities from over 90 countries. As a non-profit organization, MIUSA is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
I was fortunate enough to have been able to participate in the 2nd International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability in 2003. I had a great time getting to know a group of 30 brilliant, ambitious, hard working women with different disabilities from nearly 30 developing countries around the world. It was a good reminder to me, as someone in a developed country, how much talent, energy, and creativity there is among disabled people in some of the poorest countries in the world.
To any Deaf (or deaf) people reading this: When I participated in 2003, there were six of us women who were Deaf/deaf. One besides me was fluent in ASL and used the ASL interpreter; another did not know ASL but could lipread in English and used an interpreter who signed in English word order while mouthing the words in English; another came with someone bilingual in Spanish and Panama Sign Language who listened to the Spanish interpreters and translated to Panama signs for her; another lipread one of the Spanish interpreters who was assigned to her for this purpose; another did not know any of the primary languages used in the workshop, so a deaf interpreter was assigned to her to translate from ASL to their own pidgeon mixture of international signs.
If you are deaf, then you will probably get the most of the workshops if you either know ASL or are able to lipread well in one of the primary languages used during the training program. But if you have other communication needs, then please do talk with the people with MIUSA and see what can be arranged. Contact MIUSA directly at the website or email addresses provided above. We Can Do is NOT responsible for WILD and cannot assist with your inquiries.
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