Apply for 6th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)

Posted on 20 January 2012. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, indigenous people, Opportunities, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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

ABOUT MIUSA:
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
  • Caribbean
  • Eurasia
  • Asia
  • Africa

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)
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • 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

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
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.

PROGRAM COST:
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

APPLY EARLY!
We receive a large number of applications for a limited number of openings.
Send your application by e-mail (preferred), or fax:

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) / 2012 WILD
Email: womenleaders@miusa.org
Fax:  +1-541-343-6812 / Website: www.miusa.org

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Disabled women activists change the world through YouTube music video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)

Posted on 6 January 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, News, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mobility International USA
Website: www.miusa.org

Disabled women activists change the world through YouTube music video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)

January 6, 2011 – Signing and singing with passion in Arabic, Spanish and English, 54 disabled women activists from 43 countries celebrate the achievements, pride and solidarity of women with disabilities around the world. These leaders are revolutionizing the status of women and girls worldwide. Filmed during MIUSA’s 5th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), the Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)  music video release marks the beginning of MIUSA’s 30th Anniversary year-long celebration.

Please share the YouTube link to Music Video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxxomUVsSik

Our goal is to reach 2,500 views and to raise funds through donations for the next WILD program empowering women and girls with disabilities. Every donation large or small brings us closer to that goal! To donate, visit http://www.miusa.org/donate/wild.

WILD delegates in the video come from Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, United States of America, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The video is captioned. For the text video description in English click here.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a 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. For more information visit www.miusa.org.

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US-Costa Rica Summer Exchange Program, June 26-July 10, 2009, Scholarships

Posted on 23 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Capacity Building and Leadership, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: March 20, 2009
for the Costa Rica Program this Summer!

Live with a host family
Learn Spanish through immersion
Learn about disability rights and leadership
Go Abroad with Mobility International USA
June 26 to July 10, 2009
Generous Scholarships Available!
Applications available online now
First time travelers with disabilities who are between 18-24 years old, from cultural minority and low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. ASL staff interpreters and materials in alternative formats will be provided. Funding for personal assistants may also be available.
For more information:
apply@miusa.org
or
541-343-1284 (tel/tty)

http://www.miusa.org

The 2009 US/Costa Rica: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability Rights Leadership Exchange Program is funded by the New York Community Trust DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund and administered by Mobility International USA to provide an educational travel opportunity to youth with disabilities from diverse communities.

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Mobility International USA, a non-profit organization founded in 1981, empowers people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

The MIUSA mailing address is:
Mobility International USA 132 E. Broadway Suite 343 Eugene, Oregon 97401, USA

MIUSA’s telephone:
541-343-1284 tel/tty

Please consult the official website on the US/Costa Rica program for further details, and to apply. All inquiries and applications should please be directed to MIUSA, NOT We Can Do. The official web site is at:

http://www.miusa.org/exchange/costarica09/index_html



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MIUSA International Leadership Employment and Disability Professional exchange program, March 15-April 5, 2009 (English and Espanol)

Posted on 18 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Employment, Events and Conferences, Latin America & Caribbean, Networking Opportunities, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

YES, late applications are being accepted after the application deadline. , se puede presentar su solicitud despues 16 de enero, 2009.

En español

In English
MIUSA is currently accepting applications from professionals with disabilities from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Guatemala for MIUSA’s International Leadership, Employment, and Disability (I-LEAD) Professional exchange program in Eugene, Oregon USA, March 15 – April 5, 2009.

MIUSA strongly encourages professionals with all types of disabilities to apply, including people who have hearing, visual, psychiatric, learning and health related disabilities.

Applications and two references are due by January 16, 2009. However, late applications will be accepted.

The 2009 I-LEAD Professional exchange program will bring together influential leaders in government, business, education, community development, and disability rights organizations who demonstrate the capacity and commitment to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Latin America.

Spanish-English translation and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided during formal program activities.

Partial scholarships are available for this program.

Completed applications should be submitted to apply@miusa.org, or via fax at +1-541-343-6812.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact lshula@miusa.org or sygall@miusa.org.

Thank you so much, and we look forward to collaborating with you and your team, to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Latin America.

Warmly,

Lydia Shula
Executive Project Specialist / Executive Assistant to the CEO
Mobility International USA
132 East Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Tel/TTY: +1 (541) 343-1284
Fax: +1 (541) 343-6812
Email: lshula@miusa.org
Web: http://www.miusa.org

Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

En español
PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA
Diciembre 2008

EMAIL: apply@miusa.org
SITIO WEB: www.miusa.org
Programa de Intercambio sobre Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad I-LEAD Profesional: Eugene, Oregón, EE.UU.

Diciembre 10, 2008 — Mobility International USA (MIUSA) se encuentra aceptando solicitudes de profesionales con discapacidad de Argentina, Brasil, Costa Rica, y Guatemala para el Programa de Intercambio Profesional de MIUSA sobre Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad (I-LEAD por sus siglas en inglés) en Eugene, Oregón, EE.UU., del 15 de marzo al 5 de abril, 2009.

MIUSA alienta a los profesionales con todo tipo de discapacidad a presentar su solicitud, incluyendo personas con discapacidad auditiva, visual, psiquiátrica, de aprendizaje y relacionada con la salud.

Las solicitudes junto con dos referencias deben entregarse hasta el 16 de enero, 2009. Por favor ver solicitud adjunta.

El programa de intercambio I-LEAD Profesional 2009 congregará a líderes influyentes de organizaciones gubernamentales, educativas, de desarrollo comunitario, negocios y de organizaciones que trabajan por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad que hayan demostrado capacidad y compromiso en la expansión de las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad en América Latina.

Los líderes seleccionados para este programa intensivo participarán en talleres interactivos, seminarios, visitas a instalaciones, y paneles de discusión para examinar temas críticos que enfrentan las personas con discapacidad en el área laboral. Como resultado del programa, los líderes desarrollarán estrategias prácticas y crearan planes de acción conjuntos para impulsar sus esfuerzos y compromiso por incrementar las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad a nivel local, nacional, y/o regional.

Únicamente las actividades formales del programa contarán con traducción español-inglés y al lenguaje de señas estadounidense. Se facilitará materiales en formatos alternativos y podrán negociarse otras adecuaciones de accesibilidad que aseguren una completa participación.

MIUSA, una organización sin fines de lucro, se dedica a empoderar a las personas con discapacidad alrededor del mundo a alcanzar sus derechos humanos mediante los intercambios internacionales y el desarrollo internacional. Desde 1981 MIUSA ha liderado programas intercambio internacional para personas con y sin discapacidad en más de 90 países, incluyendo Australia, Azerbaiyán, China, Costa Rica, Inglaterra, Alemania, Japón, México, Rusia y Uzbekistán.

Los co-patrocinadores del programa de intercambio I-LEAD Profesional 2009 incluyen a Wal-Mart y el Fondo de Becas Lisa y Mike Sygall. Habrá disponibles becas parciales para este programa.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

Programa de Intercambio Profesional sobre Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad
(I-LEAD por sus siglas en inglés)

Marzo 15 a Abril 5, 2009 en Eugene, Oregón, EEUU

En el programa de Intercambio I-LEAD Profesional de MIUSA, tanto mujeres como hombres con y sin discapacidad de seis distintos países de América Latina que son líderes en el gobierno, en empresas, en el sector educativo, y en organizaciones de desarrollo comunitario y de defensa de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, edificarán redes de contactos, desarrollarán estrategias prácticas, y generarán planes de acción conjuntos que incrementen las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad en América Latina.

QUIÉN PUEDE PRESENTAR SU SOLICITUD:
Mujeres y hombres con y sin discapacidad provenientes de Argentina, Brasil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala y México.

MIUSA seleccionará individuos que demuestren capacidad y compromiso en la realización de cambios que expandan las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad a nivel local o regional o a nivel nacional. Por ejemplo:

• Líderes de coaliciones de Organizaciones de Personas con Discapacidad (OPDs), a nivel municipal o nacional, u OPDs que incluyan diversas discapacidades que sean influyentes.

• Líderes del gobierno, incluyendo alcaldes o ministros u otros funcionarios clave en agencias de Servicios Sociales, Ministerios de Educación o Transporte, u otros.

• Educadores influyentes, tales como directores de escuelas, programas vocacionales, o universidades.

• Empresarios líderes que empleen o faciliten capacitación a personas con discapacidad, o que estén interesados en expandir su inclusión de personas con discapacidad como parte de su fuerza laboral.

• Profesionales y líderes de organizaciones comunitarias que promuevan la microempresa y el empleo, incluyendo adiestradores empresariales, formadores vocacionales, micro-prestamistas.

LENGUAJE:
Los lenguajes oficiales de I-LEAD Profesional son el español, el inglés y el lenguaje de señas estadounidense.

Se facilitará traducción español-inglés e interpretación en lenguaje de señas únicamente durante los talleres formales del programa, los seminarios y las visitas a instalaciones.

DETALLES GENERALES DEL PROGRAMA:
El programa I-LEAD incluirá talleres, visitas a instalaciones y actividades prácticas sobre temas que incluyan:

• Estrategias de empleo para mujeres y hombres con discapacidad incluyendo educación, capacitación, empleo asistido, rehabilitación vocacional.
• Políticas y legislación para oportunidades de trabajo.
• Oportunidades igualitarias en la educación, incluyendo escuelas inclusivas y escuelas específicas para discapacidad, legislación y servicios y adecuaciones de accesibilidad.
• Planificación profesional y educación superior incluyendo políticas y sistemas de apoyo para personas con discapacidad.
• Transporte y comunidades accesibles: políticas y modelos de sistemas de transporte accesibles y acceso público.
• Asociaciones entre microempresa y sector privado.
• Estrategias de liderazgo para empleo, incluyendo formulación de proyectos, uso de medios de comunicación, generación de coaliciones.
• Experiencias multiculturales y de formación de grupos de trabajo.
• Metas y planes de acción para el empleo de las mujeres y los hombres con discapacidad.
ALOJAMIENTO Y TRANSPORTE:
• Se proveerá alojamiento simple pero cómodo con habitaciones y baños compartidos.
• Se ofrecerán el desayuno, el almuerzo y una cena ligera al día. Todas las comidas adicionales, aperitivos, o gastos varios (incluyendo lavandería) serán responsabilidad de cada delegado.
• Se proveerá transporte público accesible.

COSTO DEL PROGRAMA:
• El costo total del programa es USD $250. Es posible que hayan becas limitadas en base a la necesidad que haya demostrado el solicitante.

• MIUSA proporcionará: los boletos de avión ida y vuelta para que los participantes viajen desde sus países hasta Eugene, Oregón, EEUU; comida, alojamiento y transporte local para todas las actividades del programa I-LEAD Profesional.

• Los participantes del programa serán responsables por obtener sus pasaportes y visas estadounidenses vigentes y todos costos relacionados.

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN CONTACTARSE CON:
Mobility International USA
Programa de Intercambio I-LEAD Profesional 2009
Email: apply@miusa.org
Fax: +1-541-343-6812

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) es una organización cuya misión es empoderar a las personas con discapacidad alrededor del mundo para que alcancen sus derechos humanos mediante los intercambios internacionales y el desarrollo internacional.

Mobility International USA
Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad (I-LEAD) Profesional
Marzo 15 a Abril 5 en Eugene, Oregón, EEUU

SOLICITUD e INSTRUCCIONES

1. Por favor llene TODAS LAS SECCIONES de esta solicitud, incluyendo:
_____ Formulario de Información de Solicitud (Sección 1 a 3)
_____ Preguntas de Redacción (usar hojas adicionales para sus respuestas)
_____ Dos Formularios de Recomendación Completos

IMPORTANTE: LAS SOLICITUDES NO SERÁN REVISADAS HASTA QUE ESTÉN COMLETAS.

2. Se aceptarán solicitudes en inglés y en español. ¡NO se tendrá en cuenta la ortografía, el vocabulario o la gramática en inglés de lo solicitantes!

3. Dos Formularios de Recomendación: DEBEN completarse por dos personas familiarizadas con su trabajo y cualidades de líder. Miembros de la familia no pueden completar sus recomendaciones.
• Al menos una referencia debería venir de la organización, institución o empresa a la que usted representará en I-LEAD Profesional.
• Las personas de referencia deberían completar y firmar el Formulario de Recomendación y enviarlo a MIUSA vía e-mail (de preferencia) o vía fax. (E-mail a: apply@miusa.org, Fax: +1-541-343-6812.)

4. ¡ENVÍE SU SOLICITUD PRONTO! Esperamos revisar un gran número de solicitudes para un número limitado de cupos.

Fecha límite de solicitud: enero 16, 2009.

Envíe su solicitud vía e-mail (de preferencia), vía fax o por correo postal a:

Mobility International USA
I-LEAD Professional 2009
apply@miusa.org
Fax: +1-541-343-6812
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Website: www.miusa.org

FORMULARIO DE INFORMACIÓN DE SOLICITUD:

SECCIÓN 1: Información del Solicitante

Apellido del solicitante: _________________________________________________________
Nombre del solicitante: _________________________________________________________

Fecha de nacimiento: Mes: ________ Día: ________ Año: ____________

Dirección de e-mail 1: _________________________________________________________
Dirección de e-mail 2: _________________________________________________________

Dirección residencial: _________________________________________________________
Ciudad: Provincia/Estado:
País: Código postal:

Tel/TTY: (______)(____)____________________ Fax: (_____)(_____)___________________
(Código país, código ciudad, número local) (Código país, código ciudad, número local)

¿Tiene un pasaporte vigente? NO SÍ País del pasaporte ___________________

Número de pasaporte: _________________________________________________________

Fecha de expiración de pasaporte: Mes: ________ Día: ________ Año: ____________

Idioma materno (hablado o de señas):_______________________________________________

Nivel de Idioma Inglés: Principiante _______ Lento ________ Rápido ________ Fluido ________

Nivel de Idioma Español: Principiante _______ Lento ________ Rápido _______ Fluido _______

Nivel de Lenguaje de Señas (EEUU): Principiante _____ Lento _____ Rápido _____ Fluido _____

Otros idiomas (hablados o de señas): _______________________________________________

¿Cuál es su ocupación?: _________________________________________________________

Por favor liste una persona que podría contactarse con usted si nosotros no logramos contactarnos con usted:
Nombre:___________________________________ Relación con usted:__________________

Direcciones de e-mail:__________________________________________________________

Tel/TTY: (______)(____)____________________ Fax: (_____)(_____)___________________
(Código país, código ciudad, número local) (Código país, código ciudad, número local)

SECCIÓN 2:

Organización/ONG/Negocio que usted representará: __________________________________

Su Posición/Título de su Cargo en esta Organización/Institución/Empresa:
____________________________________________________________________________

Persona de Contacto en la Organización: ___________________________________________
E-mail:_______________________________________________________________________

Dirección residencial: _________________________________________________________
Ciudad: Provincia/Estado:
País: Código postal:

Tel/TTY: (______)(____)____________________ Fax: (_____)(_____)___________________
(Código país, código ciudad, número local) (Código país, código ciudad, número local)

SECCIÓN 3:

INFORMACIÓN DE DISCAPACIDAD
El programa de intercambio de MIUSA sobre Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad (I-LEAD) Profesional tendrá un equilibrio de mujeres y hombres con y sin discapacidad. MIUSA realizará los arreglos adecuados para asegurar que cada delegado con discapacidad pueda participar de forma completa e igualitaria. Para ayudarnos a cumplir esta meta, por favor complete la siguiente información:

¿Tiene usted una discapacidad? NO SÍ

De ser así, por favor describa su discapacidad: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Mobility International USA

1. Organización/ONG/Empresa a la que representará:
a) ¿Cuál es el nombre de la organización, ONG o empresa al cuál usted representará?

b) ¿Cuál es su posición en la organización, ONG o empresa? Por favor resuma sus responsabilidades.

c) ¿Cuál es el propósito, misión u objetivo de la organización, institución o empresa? (Límite 100 palabras)

d) ¿En qué forma están involucradas, incluidas o beneficiadas las personas con discapacidad a través de su organización, institución o empresa?

2. Participación Comunitaria:
a) Por favor liste otras organizaciones a las cuales pertenece, y las actividades de servicio comunitario en las que esté involucrado a nivel local o nacional.

3. Empleo para personas con discapacidad:
a) Por favor liste los tres problemas más críticos (en su opinión) que limiten las oportunidades de trabajo para las personas con discapacidad en su comunidad.

b) ¿Qué ha hecho usted o su organización para incrementar las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad en su comunidad?

c) Por favor liste otras organizaciones o individuos con quienes su organización haya colaborado para promover las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad.

4. Ideas de proyectos o acciones
a) Por favor describa un proyecto, una iniciativa o acción(es) que usted o su organización podrían implementar para incrementar las oportunidades de empleo para las mujeres y hombres con discapacidad en su comunidad.

b) ¿Cuál sería el resultado del proyecto, iniciativa o acción(es)? ¿Cuántas personas con discapacidad se beneficiarían?

c) Liste cinco socios comunitarios y describa cómo estarían involucrados en este proyecto, iniciativa o acción(es).

5. ¿Por qué y en qué forma su participación en I-LEAD Profesional 2009 resultaría en la expansión de las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad? Por favor sea específico/a.

6. Por favor liste:
a.) Cualquier experiencia previa en programas de intercambio o conferencias internacionales (dónde, por qué y cuándo).

b.) Cualquier viaje previo a los EEUU (dónde, por qué y cuándo).

7. Por favor añada cualquier otro comentario relevante respecto a su participación en este intercambio.

Fecha límite de solicitud: enero 16, 2009. (O depues)

Envíe su solicitud vía e-mail (de preferencia), fax o correo postal mail a:

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
I-LEAD Professional 2009
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Email: apply@miusa.org
Fax: +1-541-343-6812

Página Web: www.miusa.org

Mobility International USA
Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad (I-LEAD) Profesional
Marzo 15 a Abril 5, 2009 en Eugene, Oregón, EEUU

Apellido del Solicitante: _________________________________________________________
Nombre del Solicitante: _________________________________________________________

Dirección(es) de e-mail: ____________________________________ País:

FORMULARIO DE RECOMENDACIÓN

Nota para la Persona de Referencia: La persona mencionada a continuación está solicitando participar en el programa de intercambio de MIUSA sobre Liderazgo Internacional, Empleo y Discapacidad (I-LEAD) Profesional, en el que mujeres y hombres con y sin discapacidad que son líderes en el gobierno, en empresas, en el sector de la educación, en organizaciones de desarrollo comunitario y de defensa de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, desarrollarán estrategias prácticas y planes de acción conjuntos para incrementar las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad en América Latina.

Por favor envíe el formulario completo vía e-mail (de preferencia), fax o correo postal a MIUSA (ver abajo) o devuélvaselo al solicitante para que lo entregue conjuntamente con su solicitud TAN PRONTO COMO SEA POSIBLE. (Use hojas de papel adicionales si es necesario). Gracias.

Por favor escriba a máquina o claramente en letra imprenta. Use papel adicional si es necesario.

Nombre de la persona que facilita la referencia: _____________________________________
Organización: _________________________________________________________________
E-mail:_______________________________________________________________________

Tel/TTY: (______)(____)____________________ Fax: (_____)(_____)___________________
(Código país, código ciudad, número local) (Código país, código ciudad, número local)

1.) ¿Por qué recomienda al/la solicitante para el Programa de Intercambio de MIUSA I-LEAD Profesional?

2.) Por favor mencione brevemente las metas u objetivos de su organización (100 palabras o menos).

3.) ¿Qué rol(es) tiene el/la solicitante en su organización?

4.) De ser seleccionado/a, ¿en qué forma ayudaría la participación del/la solicitante en el programa de intercambio I-LEAD Profesional para que su organización incremente las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad en su comunidad?

5.) Por favor describa el apoyo que su organización puede ofrecer a proyectos y actividades para incrementar las oportunidades de empleo para las personas con discapacidad.

Firma de la Persona de Referencia: ___________________________ Fecha: ____________

Por favor devolver al solicitante o enviar vía e-mail (de preferencia), fax o correo postal a:

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
I-LEAD Professional
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Email: apply@miusa.org
Fax: +1-541-343-6812

Página Web: www.miusa.org



I received this announcement via Joan Durocher and also via the Intl-Dev email news distribution list.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE SURVEY for US People with Disabilities: Take 10 Minutes to Share Experience Studying, or Being Excluded From Learning, Foreign Languages

Posted on 29 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Cross-Disability, Education, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

NOTE from We Can Do editor: I hope that We Can Do readers with disabilities in the United States will take 10 minutes of their time to participate in a survey on their experiences studying foreign languages–or, as the case might be, on their experience being excluded from these opportunities.

People with disabilities in developing countries cannot lift themselves out of poverty if mainstream international development and humanitarian agencies and organizations continue to overlook their concerns when developing new programs and policies. One important way to ensure that the needs of poor disabled people are always put front and center is for more mainstream international development organizations to hire more disabled employees from all countries. Workers with disabilities need to be employed across all sectors, in all regions, and at all levels of all agencies and organizations, including in management. (Ditto for more employees who have grown up in poverty, or who have grown up in a developing country, or all three.)

Bringing more employees with disaiblities into these organizations, among other things, means we must ensure that more students with disabilities have a way to study foreign languages. This is a critical pre-requisite: it’s not impossible to pursue a career in the field without foreign language skills, but it is harder. But, many people with disabilities in many countries–including the United States–find it difficult to receive appropriate accommodations in foreign language classes.

This foreign language survey is an opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States to take 10 minutes of their time to share their experience with studying foreign languages–or with being excluded from the opportunity. What accommodations worked best for you? Or, what would have helped if you could have had them? The deadline to participate in the survey is October 31, 2008.

Start the survey at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/47971/foreignlanguages, or if you wish, you may read the original press release about this survey below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE August 26, 2008

CONTACT: Michele Scheib, Project Specialist
EMAIL: pr@miusa.org

Foreign Language Survey Asks U.S. People with Disabilities to Respond

National surveys show US high school students with disabilities, while increasing in numbers enrolled, still lag behind their non-disabled peers in the percentages taking foreign language courses. Students with and without disabilities are close to equal in the percentages completing foreign language courses at the higher education level. However, the data does not explain what languages are being studied, how successful the learning experience is, and what are the barriers and benefits for people with disabilities at all ages.

Are you a person with a disability from the United States who is interested in taking a survey about foreign language learning and disability? The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange seeks your and other individuals with disabilities input and experiences.

Take a 10-minute Foreign Language survey online at:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/47971/foreignlanguages

Deadline to submit the survey: October 31, 2008

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA. The NCDE works to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange programs. Contact us at: 541-343-1284 (tel/tty), clearinghouse@miusa.org, http://www.miusa.org/ncde.

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange provides free information and referral services related to the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange programs. The Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and is managed by Mobility International USA, which is celebrating its 27th year as a U.S.-based non-profit organization.

Our mailing address is:
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97405 USA

Our telephone/tty:
541-343-1284

If you want to receive these press releases, please subscribe by inquiring with pr@miusa.org.

Copyright (C) 2008 Mobility International USA All rights reserved.



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Are Development Programs Achieving Disability Inclusion? If Not, What Next?

Posted on 4 September 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Reports, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We cannot put all the world’s children into school, or eradicate global poverty and hunger, or stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, until and unless mainstream international development programs proactively include people with disabilities. The good news is that a slowly growing number of international agencies and organizations have written policies declaring their support for disability inclusion, otherwise known as disability mainstreaming. These include, as a few examples, the US Agency of International Development (USAID); the World Bank; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD); and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

But, how well do these nice-sounding policies translate into practice? Do these programs actually reach poor people with disabilities in developing countries, or improve the quality of their lives, any better than before they wrote these policies? One DisabilityKar publication explores this question: Has Disability Been Mainstreamed into Development Cooperation? (Word format, 921 Kb)

One of the conclusions of this report is that the question is harder to answer than you might think: even the definition of what makes a “policy” a “policy” is apparently not always as obvious as it might seem. Then there are even trickier concepts to define, such as “inclusion,” “mainstreaming,” and “disability.” But ultimately the answer is mostly disappointing. Apart from some limited progress, many policies fail to go beyond pretty words on a page into pragmatic action in the field. If they are implemented, it is more or less haphazardly.

This conclusion in itself will probably not be especially new to close observers of the development field. What makes this study interesting, however, is that it is one of the few attempts to formally document what it terms a “disconnect between promise and results.” More importantly, it makes an attempt to answer why this disconnect happens, and what committed organizations can do to ensure that disability-friendly policies are carried out in practice. The study was published in July 2005, so some information has changed since then. But many of the underlying challenges are likely still similar today. Organizations and agencies that are serious about disability inclusion may wish to review this study with their own policies and practices in mind and consider ways they can help close the gap.

Has Disability Been Mainstreamed into Development Cooperation? (Word format, 921 Kb) analyzes policies and practice at USAID, the World Bank, NORAD, and DFID. The most common reason why disability inclusion policies fail include: lack of institutional support; failure to communicate policies; failure to break down traditional attitudes toward disability; failure to provide practical guidance in how to implement the policies; and inadequate resources.

Download the full 107-page report in Word format (921 Kb) at:

http://handicap-international.fr/bibliographie-handicap/4PolitiqueHandicap/mainstreaming/MainstreamDevCoop.doc

People interested in the DisabilityKar report may also be interested in reading a study of US-based organizations with an international focus on the extent to which they proactively include the concerns of women and girls with disabilities in their programs. This study, entitled Gender And Disability: A Survey of InterAction Member Agencies: Findings And Recommendations on Inclusion of Women and Men with Disabilities in International Development Programs (PDF format, 286 Kb), explores both policies and practice in dozens of relief and international development agencies and organizations. It also includes recommendations for how mainstream organizations can move forward in promoting genuine disability inclusion. Published by Mobility International USA, it is a few years older than DisabilityKar’s study, but covers more organizations and includes a gender focus as well as a disability focus. It can be downloaded in PDF format (286 Kb) at:

http://www.miusa.org/publications/freeresources/media/genderdisabilityreport.PDF



I discovered DisabilityKar’s study by exploring Handicap International’s new, on-line, free CD on Disability Rights and Policies. I encourage readers to explore the on-line CD on their own to find more publications and resources of interest. I first learned of MIUSA’s publication when I took my first course in international development and disability a few years ago at Gallaudet University.

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JOB POST: Project Manager, International Development and Disability, MIUSA, Oregon USA

Posted on 19 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PROJECT MANAGER
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY

Application deadline September 5, 2008.
www.miusa.org

Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and based in Eugene, Oregon, promotes the human rights of people with disabilities through international exchange and international development. MIUSA seeks a qualified Project Manager with excellent international development, leadership, interpersonal, project management, writing and training skills to manage the USAID-sponsored Building an Inclusive Development Community project. This position reports to the Director of Programs and is the lead position for a team
of staff working on this project. The position is based in Eugene, Oregon USA.

Since 1998, MIUSA has been changing the paradigm of international development by framing the inclusion of people with disabilities as a human rights issue. With funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), MIUSA serves as a bridge to promote inclusion and bring together disability and development organizations. MIUSA provides technical assistance, training and resources to disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs), USAID Missions and development agencies through the Building an Inclusive Development Community project.

Qualifications:
* BS or BA degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred in international development, international studies or related field
* Minimum two years field-based experience in international development, inclusion of people with disabilities in international development, or related fields, using a human rights framework and/or gender lens
* Five years experience managing complex projects with diverse stakeholders
* Experience managing federal grants and projects
* Experience managing project budgets and following financial procedures
* Excellent presentation and training skills
* Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, online research and data tracking
* Excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
* Optimistic outlook with the ability to lead by example during difficult or stressful times
* Knowledge of one or more languages other than English strongly preferred
* Ability to travel nationally and internationally
* Passion for empowering people with disabilities in international contexts

For more information regarding the application go to: www.miusa.org

To apply:

Applications are due by September 5, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. for initial consideration and screening. Position open until filled.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience including excellent benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities and others encouraged to apply.

Send detailed cover letter with “Project Manager” in the subject line, resume and list of references via email to crothvinson@miusa.org.

Or, via postal mail to:

Mobility International USA
*ATTN: CERISE ROTH-VINSON*
Director of Administration
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon USA 97401



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TRAINING: Youth Leadership, Summer Trip from US to Costa Rica

Posted on 4 March 2008. Filed under: Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Young leaders with disabilities who are US citizens are being recruited for a 16-day leadership exchange program to Costa Rica this summer. The focus of the program, from June 27 to July 12, 2008, will be on youth leadership and cross-cultural perspectives on disability rights. Participants aged 18 to 24 will develop leadership skills, build self-confidence, make friends, learn Spanish, and experience Costa Rican culture by living with a local host family.

This opportunity is offered by Mobility International USA (MIUSA). The application deadline is March 28, 2008.

MIUSA strives to organize programs that include people with and without disabilities and people from diverse cultural backgrounds. First time travelers with disabilities who are from a cultural minority and of low socioeconomic status are included every year. MIUSA exchange programs are inclusive of people who are Deaf and hard of hearing, or have cognitive,visual, physical, psychiatric, systemic, non-apparent, or other types of disabilities.

  • ASL staff interpreters will be provided by MIUSA for the duration of the program.
  • Materials in alternative formats will be provided for all scheduled program activities.
  • Funding for Personal Assistants may be available for participants who need personal assistance during the program.

Learn more about the program at:

http://www.miusa.org/newsitems/costarica08

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RESOURCE: How to Include Disabled Women in Your Organizations

Posted on 23 January 2008. Filed under: Case Studies, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Resources, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[Originally published at wecando.wordpress.com (We Can Do) at http://tinyurl.com/yv5ouo]

Certain resources can help women’s organizations and international development agencies better include disabled women in their program activities. Skip to the resource list.

Women with disabilities confront many of the same challenges that other women in developing countries face, such as gender-based discrimination. But they also face some additional challenges, such as discrimination based on their disability. Some women’s organizations would like to advocate for the needs of disabled women in the same way that they advocate for all women. And international development agencies also want to ensure that they meet the needs of disabled women in the same way that they strive to meet the needs of all the poor people in the countries where they work.

But sometimes mainstream organizations aren’t sure how to begin. What barriers might they unknowingly create that make it harder for disabled women to participate in their programs’ activities or to make their needs known to their organization? What further barriers exist in society that may need to be overcome before an organization can more effectively serve women with disabilities? How can women’s organizations and international development agencies remove these barriers?

Several resources, listed below, can help. Mainstream organizations may wish to use these as guides to make their programs more accessible. Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) may wish to use these when communicating with mainstream organizations to persuade them to make change.

MIUSA’s “Checklist for Inclusion”
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) has a free checklist available (PDF format, 10 Mb). This 19-page self-assessment guide is written for mainstream international development agencies. It provides a series of questions that women’s organizations and international development agencies can use to help them identify what they’re already doing right and what things could be improved upon. For example: when you choose a meeting location, do you make sure that it is wheelchair accessible (ground-floor location with doors wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs, etc.)? Does your organization make its print materials available in non-print (Braille; diskette) and also large-print versions? Does your organization make qualified sign language interpreters available for its training, conference, and other program activities?

MIUSA’s International Development and Disability (IDD) Program
MIUSA’s International Development and Disability (IDD) program strives to bridge the disability community and the international development community in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities as leaders and participants in development. It provides technical assistance and advice to both disabled people’s organizations and development agencies on gender and disability inclusion. In addition to their Checklist for Inclusion, organizations may wish to learn more about MIUSA activities, publications, videos, and other resources at MIUSA’s IDD web site:

http://www.miusa.org/idd/index_html

In particular, note that the checklist on inclusion was originally written as part of a more comprehensive guidebook on disability inclusion entitled Building an Inclusive Development Community: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Development Programs.

Can’t afford the book? Or want to supplement it with free resources? Consult MIUSA’s page of links to free resources:

http://www.miusa.org/idd/keyresources

Also, read some “best practice” stories (case studies) of other organizations that have successfully promoted disability inclusion in their activities:

http://www.miusa.org/publications/freeresources/mti

Another item that might be of interest is an article written by Sarah Rosenhek at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) about her experience learning about gender and disability through participating in MIUSA’s August 2006 Gender Disability and Development Institute (GDDI). Her article, entitled “Strengthening Women’s Rights Organizations through Inclusion: Lessons Learned from the Gender, Disability and Development Institute,” includes pragmatic advice for other women’s organizations that Rosenhek learned at the institute.

VSO’s Handbook on Mainstreaming Disability
Volunteer Service Overseas has a publication available on-line for free entitled A Handbook on Mainstreaming Disability (PDF format, 2 Mb). This handbook guides mainstream international development organizations in finding ways to overcome the stigma that can be associated with disability; how to actively integrate more disabled workers in the workplace; how to integrate more disabled participants in program activities; and how to integrate disability into organizational policy. Each chapter has case studies that describe how other organizations have implemented the advice given in this handbook. Download the handbook itself at

http://www.asksource.info/pdf/33903_vsomainstreamingdisability_2006.pdf (PDF format, 2 Mb)

The VSO’s Handbook on Mainstreaming Disability was previously featured at We Can Do, with an overview of its contents.

Siyanda On-line Database of Gender and Development Materials
Siyanda is targeted at development specialists who want to integrate gender equality issues into their work,whether or not they specialize in gender issues. This database makes iteasy to search for, and locate, full-length materials, that can bedownloaded for free. Its library of documents includes items in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and others. Try a key word search for “disabilities.”



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RESOURCE: Finding Disability-Related Laws and Policies

Posted on 15 January 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Policy & Legislation, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[Original publication at wecando.wordpress.com (We Can Do) at http://tinyurl.com/24xans.]

Sometimes it is not “impairments” that disable people, but our environment. And sometimes we are disabled most when law, policy, judicial precedents, or regulations remain silent while others discriminate against disabled people. Or worse, some policies may actively strip away the rights of people with disabilities.

Legislators, policy makers, policy analysts, lawyers, human rights specialists, and grassroots disability advocates may need to work together to remove barriers created by law or policy. But to do so, they must first understand what their law says. And before they can create better laws for their country, they may wish to understand what other, similar laws in other countries already say. Or they may find it helpful to review other legal literature and documents from around the world. Several resources are available that can help advocates and policy makers find the materials they are looking for.

Disabilities Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF)
The Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) website has links to many international resources on international laws and international conventions. Go to
http://www.dredf.org/international/resources.shtml

DREDF’s Country Law Index
Of particular interest for people who wish to compare national laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities is DREDF’s country law index. Users will want to note that this listing of national laws is not comprehensive. The entry for the United States, for example, lists the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but does not mention several other important US federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). But the country law index can be a good starting point. At http://www.dredf.org/international/lawindex.shtml

Global Legal Information Network
Researchers and advocates may also wish to try a search at the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN). GLIN is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. Texts are submitted in the original language, usually with a summary in English. Try a key word search for laws related to people with disabilities. A few hundred options turn up for words such as “disabilities,” “disabled,” or “discapacidad” (Spanish for “disability”). Try other synonyms or translations, too. Click on “More Search Options” to narrow down your search by country, or to narrow down your search to laws, judicial decisions, legislative records, or legal literature. http://www.glin.gov/search.action

FindLaw
At FindLaw, you can find a range of articles, news, commentaries, and case summaries related to legal issues in countries all around the world. Search by country, or try a key word search. This is not a disability-specific resource, though some of the materials at this site may be relevant. http://www.findlaw.com/12international/countries/

Have I missed any key, international law-related resources? Please let me know via the comments area below.



Thank you to Stephanie Gray at Mobility International USA (MIUSA) for helping alert me to the resources at DREDF. I found the other web sites listed here by browsing the DREDF website and subsequent links.



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TRAINING: 4th Int’l Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability

Posted on 13 January 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Employment, Fellowships & Scholarships, Funding, Health, Human Rights, Inclusion, Opportunities, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

APPLY NOW!
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
    Oceania/Pacific
  • First time visitors to the USA and have NOT participated in a MIUSA WILD
    program
  • 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: womenleaders@miusa.org

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.

Contact information:
Mobility International USA
WILD 2008
E-mail: womenleaders@miusa.org
Website: www.miusa.org



We Can Do learned about this opportunity from MIUSA.

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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TRAINING in Int’l Leadership, Employment and Disability in Latin America

Posted on 6 December 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Education and Training Opportunities, Employment, Events and Conferences, Fellowships & Scholarships, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) seeks women and men with disabilities from Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua,and Peru to apply for a 21-day leadership exchange program in March 2008, in Eugene, Oregon.

The International Leadership, Employment and Disability (I-LEAD) program will focus on expanding opportunities for employment for people with disabilities in Latin America. We are seeking individuals with leadership experience and potential in these areas. All program activities will include Spanish translation, and substantial scholarships are available.

Information about the I-LEAD program is available on the MIUSA website in both English and Spanish.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

Sincerely,

Susan Sygall
CEO
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Tel/TTY: 1+ (541) 343-1284
Fax: 1+ (541) 343-6812
<http://www.miusa.org>

Jamie Kinsel
Program Assistant
International Exchange Programs
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Tel/TTY: 1+ (541) 343-1284
Fax: 1+ (541) 343-6812
<http://www.miusa.org>

Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.


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FELLOWSHIP: Inter-American Foundation’s Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

Posted on 2 December 2007. Filed under: Fellowships & Scholarships, Latin America & Caribbean | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has partnered with the Inter-American Foundation to administer its Grassroots Development Fellowship Program. IAF’s fellowships are targeted at increasing awareness of grassroots development efforts and cuilding a community of professionals and scholars. Fellows study grassroots efforts among rural and urban poor people to organize themselves, as well as policies and programs meant to reduce their poverty. Research findings are disseminated to people involved with development.

This fellowship could be an opportunity for Ph.D students to make fellow professionals and scholars more aware of grassroots efforts among disabled poor people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Inter-American Foundation expects to award up to 11 Doctoral Field Research Fellowships in 2008. The application deadline is January 22, 2008. The Fellowship award includes:

  • round-trip economy international transportation to the field research site;
  • round-trip economy international transportation to the field research site;
  • a $3,000 research allowance, paid in a one-time, lump sum;
  • a $1,500 monthly stipend covering a maximum grant period of 12 months–IAF-supported research under the 2008 competition must be initiated between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009;
  • attendance at a required mid-year Grassroots Development Conference to discuss each Fellow’s progress with members of the IAF’s academic review committee.

Applicants must be currently registered as students who have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba).

Interested individuals should follow the link to the IAF web site and review their entire site carefully before applying.


The information and some of the text for this announcement was gathered from the IAF web site. We Can Do first learned of this opportunity through contacts at Mobility International USA (MIUSA).


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Studying Human Rights

Posted on 1 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Human Rights, Opportunities, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , |

No, this opportunity is not specifically targeted at candidates with disabilities. And the program is not specifically focused on human rights for disabled people. But there’s no reason I’m aware of why a disabled activist or lawyer (or a deaf person) in a developing country couldn’t apply.

If you are a grassroots activist for human rights involved with a local NGO … or if you are a lawyer with an interest in human rights … then read on. This just might be a way for you to gain more skills and knowledge that could help you promote human rights for people with disabilities in your country.

I’m also interested in seeing comments from anyone who is familiar with Central European University. Would you recommend the university to someone with an interest in human rights for disabled people? Would you recommend the university to students with disabilities?

I learned about this opportunity through an email from Mobility International USA (MIUSA), though they are not themselves involved with the Central European University.

Announcement follows below:


Central European University
Department of Legal Studies
CEU Budapest, Hungary

Call for Applications:
Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University
2008 -2010 Session

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the
Open Society Institute (OSI), joins with Central European University
(CEU) to announce the Justice Initiative Fellows Program for
2008-2010. The aim of the program is to support and further develop a
network of lawyers and activists working internationally on human
rights-related issues. Since its inception in 1996, 155 fellows have
graduated from the Justice Initiative’s Fellowship program.

The Justice Initiative Fellows Program is a two-year program of
study and practical work experience. Up to ten applicants will be
selected to participate in the 2008 program. Applicants from the
following regions and countries are eligible: Central and Eastern
Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia,
the Middle East, and Central/South America.

Applicants must be nominated by a non-governmental organization
concerned with human rights. The first year is spent at Central
European University, the second in the applicant’s home country,
working with the nominating NGO.

The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights,
and have a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in
English. Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s
experience, his/her potential to contribute to the protection and
promotion of human rights, and the suitability of the applicant’s
proposed role in the nominating NGO. Upon selection, Fellows will be
required to sign an agreement with the Justice Initiative committing
themselves to the program for two years.

The Justice Initiative Fellows will reside for one year in Hungary,
at the CEU Legal Studies Department. They will undertake a degree
program (M.A. or LL.M. in Human Rights, depending on their
undergraduate degree), in which they must fulfill the requirements of
the Human Rights Program at Central European University. During their
stay at CEU, the Fellows will also be placed in a three-month
internship with leading NGOs in Europe from January until March.
During the first year of the program the Justice Initiative
Fellowship will be administered by CEU Legal Studies Department in
partnership with the Justice Initiative. The financial conditions
will be identical to CEU policies for full scholarship students.

The Justice Initiative Fellows will return to their nominating NGOs
after the first year, where they will spend at least one year working
in human rights advocacy on a non-profit basis: providing legal
services, undertaking human rights litigation, providing training and
education, etc. The Justice Initiative will pay a local salary during
this second year equal to an amount determined to be similar to
equivalent work by the nominating NGO. This amount will be provided
to the nominating NGOs in the form of a grant.

Application Procedure
Please note that the applicant must mail his/her application to the
CEU Admissions Office (1051 Budapest, Nador u.9, Hungary). The
applicant must meet the general CEU Admissions requirements, which
can be viewed online http://www.ceu.hu/admissions.html
as well as the CEU Legal Studies Department requirements
http://www.ceu.hu/legal/admissions.html

In addition, applicants must include with their application:

1. A nominating letter from an NGO describing the reasons for
nominating the applicant, the expectations the NGO has of the
project, and contractually committing (to the Justice Initiative) to
hire the applicant for at least one year after s/he returns from the
twelve-month training program in Hungary. The nomination letter
should also indicate a monthly salary gross rate in USD (including
all taxes and fees) that will be offered to the applicant by the NGO
in the event that s/he is selected for the program (provided to the
NGO by the Justice Initiative in the form of a grant).

2. A copy of the applicant’s Bar Association membership (if
applicable), or the date scheduled for examination.

3. Proof of English proficiency: Candidates living outside of the
testing region are required to submit official score reports (See CEU
recognized Language exams and score required
http://www.ceu.hu/admissions_apply.html
For applicants from the
former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, language tests as
well as Legal Reasoning Test and Department essays will be carried out
by local Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute coordinators on March
1, 2008. For candidates outside this region the Admission exam will be
carried out via e mail on March 1st followed by interviews
administered at a later date.
http://www.ceu.hu/legal/admissions.html

4. A statement of purpose for applying to the Justice Initiative
Fellows program.

5. A proposal of project activities that the candidate plans to work
on with the nominating NGO during the second year of the fellowship.

The DEADLINE for receiving applications at CEU is January 15, 2008.

If you have questions regarding the first year of the program, please
contact:

Minna Johanna Vainio
Special Programs Coordinator, Legal Studies Department, Central
European University, Nádor u. 9, Budapest 1051, Tel: 361 327 3205,
E-mail: Vainiom*ceu.hu (Use the @ “at” sign in place of the * asterisk)

Web: http://www.ceu.hu/legal

For more information about the overall program and the second year
commitment, please contact:

Anna Fischer
Fellows Program Coordinator at Justice Initiative, Oktober 6. u. 12,
Budapest 1051, Tel: 361 327 3108; fax: 361 327 3103;
E-mail: afischer*osi.hu (Use the @ “at” sign in place of the * asterisk)
Web: http://www.justiceinitiative.org

For more information about this program please visit
http://www.justiceinitiative.org and http://www.ceu.hu/legal/osji_prog.html


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Finding Local Disability Organizations

Posted on 28 July 2007. Filed under: Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Many mainstream development organizations would like to include more disabled people in their programs. They may agree, wholeheartedly, with disability advocates who say that entrepreneurs with disabilities, too, deserve access to microfinance services. Or that young disabled adults deserve access to information they can use to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. Or that disabled children have the right to go to school.

Unfortunately, this inclusion does not happen nearly as often as it should. There are a great many different reasons why–too many for me to address them all in one blog post. But one common reason that program directors give is simply this: “We want to include disabled people, but we don’t know how to find them.”

This challenge may be easier to tackle than you think. You can often find disability-oriented organizations even in some of the poorest countries. In many cases, these may even include organizations run by people with disabilities themselves. These can be invaluable resources for mainstream development organizations that wish to be more inclusive. First, they can help you answer the question, “How do we find them?” by helping you with recruitment efforts. Second, they can help advise you on how to make your project activities more accessible to participants with disabilities.

I will probably post some links to a great many smaller, or more specialized, or more local disability-oriented organizations in the months to come. But for now, here are a few international, cross-disability organizations that have many contacts with local disability communities in developing countries around the world:

http://www.miusa.org
Mobility International USA: This is the organization I frequently turn to when I am looking for contacts with disabled people in developing countries. They have extensive listings of local resources helpful to disabled people in developing countries and to organizations seeking to help them. They also can offer consultation and training to international development organizations that are striving to be more inclusive of people with disabilities in their programs.

In particular, see their International Development page. Also consult their extensive database of international, national, and local disability-oriented and disability run organizations at http://www.miusa.org/orgsearch.

MIUSA is also a good place to start in finding general advice and checklists on how to make your organization more inclusive of people with disabilities. Some of the people who work at MIUSA are fluent in Spanish.

http://www.dpi.org
Disabled People International: DPI’s web site is available in English, French, or Spanish. DPI is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people committed to human rights and the social and economic integration of disabled people. In the left-hand navigation bar, check links to “locations” including headquarters, regional offices, and national assemblies. Many of these organizations, in turn, may be able to help you in finding more local or specialized organizations.

http://www.handicap-international.org
Handicap International: Handicap International, which has headquarters in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, has programs in more than 60 countries around the world. It works with people with disabilities to support them in their efforts to become more self-reliant.

http://www.riglobal.org
Rehabilitation International: This global organization brings together people with disabilities, NGOs (non-government organizations), government agencies, service providers, and advocates to advance the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities around the world. Their membership directory is available in Word Document format at http://riglobal.org/membership/documents/RI_Directory2007_Feb07_003.doc (the 2007 version is 576 KB. It took only a few seconds for me to download it with my high-speed connection. But if you have a slow modem, it will take longer. Estimate about 5 minutes on a 28k modem.)


NOTE: This entry has been revised since it was first posted. On November 16, 2007, I edited the MIUSA listing to add a direct link to their database of DPOs. On Dec 17 ’07, I updated Rehabilitation International’s web site address. On June 19 ’08, I updated the link to MIUSA’s international development page.


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