Prototype Global Disability Rights Library Launches

Posted on 14 June 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, News, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Washington, DC – Disability rights advocates around the globe can now access a newly launched tool for finding the knowledge and toolkits they need: the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) at http://gdrl.org .  A prototype “test” version of this library is being made available both on-line and off-line so that users can share feedback with the GDRL team on improving the library.

The GDRL is a collaborative effort between the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project with funding support from USAID.  It is working to bring the best materials on disability rights and the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to developing countries, particularly to locations with limited internet access.

“We are excited to be able to begin sharing the prototype version of the Global Disability Rights Library with the public because we need everyone’s help in making it an outstanding resource,” says Andrea Shettle, GDRL program manager at USICD.  “Disability rights advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders in developing countries deserve easier access to a rich body of digital knowledge.  These websites, videos, and electronic publications can support their work in improving the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.  The GDRL is still very much a work in progress.  We need disabled people’s
organizations, service providers, government personnel, families, and people with disabilities around the world to start using it and telling us how they want us to improve the library.”

Under the current USAID funding grant, 60 organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries with limited internet access will receive a free off-line version of the digital library in an eGranary.  An eGranary is a hard drive with an extensive collection of digital resources.  An eGranary also has an interface that emulates the appearance and function of the web without
requiring actual internet access. So far, a total of 27 deployment sites have been selected. This includes four locations in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru, and Zambia that will join on-line users in closely reviewing the prototype version of the library.  The GDRL team will use feedback from the first four deployment sites, along with feedback from on-line users, to improve the library before disseminating it via eGranaries to the other deployment sites.  Another 33 deployment sites will be selected after the final September 1, 2011 application deadline.  An on-line application form is at http://www.widernet.org/digitallibrary/GDRLSiteSelection/ .

People who do have internet access can now visit the on-line version of the prototype GDRL at

http://gdrl.org

All GDRL users are encouraged to share their feedback and suggestions for additional digital resources by sending an email to gdrl@usicd.org or to librarian@gdrl.org

Read more about the GDRL project at:

http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

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Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library

Posted on 12 January 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities, Resources, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MEDIA RELEASE

Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library
January 7, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andrea Shettle, Program Manager: Global Disability Rights Library
Telephone: (877) 535-0506
Email: gdrl@usicd.org

Washington, DC – The Global Disability Rights Library project announces a call for organizations to apply to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL).  Applications are open to disabled people’s organizations, universities, government agencies, and other organizations in developing countries.   Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities.

The goal of the GDRL project is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in developing countries.  The project uses an innovative off-line digital storage technology to deliver digital resources to people beyond the reach of the internet.  The electronic library will be stored in a hard drive, called an “eGranary unit” that also contains an interface emulating the look and functioning of the web but without requiring actual internet connectivity.  Users will include disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), decision makers, government agencies, individual advocates, and others who cannot easily download information from the web.  Read more about the GDRL project at:

http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

The GDRL is a collaborative effort between the U.S. International Council on Disabilities and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project with support from USAID to bring the best materials on disability rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to developing countries.

Ideal deployment site candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and facilitating disability rights.  Successful applicants will have the organizational capacity to become a hub for disseminating disability rights information and will be inclusive of a diverse disability community. Interested organizations are urged to review the application and full eligibility criteria posted on WiderNet’s website at:

http://www.widernet.org/digitallibrary/GDRLSiteSelection

Individuals and organizations with internet access are encouraged to please assist in reaching out to organizations with poor internet connectivity to assist them with the application process.  There will be several selection rounds.  Applicants not accepted in an early selection round will be immediately rolled over into subsequent selection rounds.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early.  Please do not wait until the final deadline.

Apply by March 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by June 30, 2011
Apply by September 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by December 31, 2011
Apply by May 1, 2012, to be considered for deployment by August 31, 2012

Questions about the application process or eligibility criteria should be directed to gdrl@usicd.org.  Applicants who cannot use email also may reach us by post mail at

Andrea Shettle, MSW, MA
Program Manager, Global Disability Rights Library
United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
1012-14th Street, NW, Suite 105
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America

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Job Post: Research Assistant for Global Disability Rights Library at US International Council on Disabilities in Washington, DC area

Posted on 17 May 2010. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Job Post: Research Assistant

Job Summary:

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is looking for a Research Assistant in the Washington, DC area. As a member of a small team, the Research Assistant will be responsible for providing support to the management team in implementing the daily activities of the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project, a joint initiative of USICD and the University of Iowa WiderNet Project.

Responsibilities may include identifying, adding, and cataloguing material on disability rights for the eGranary digital library; managing information resources in a range of formats; communicating with authors and publishers to request copyright permission for inclusion of their content in the digital library; communicating with volunteers assisting the project; scheduling meetings to be held remotely among a global group of participants; maintaining a database of partners and potential partners and collaborators for the GDRL Project; and providing other research and administrative support to the management staff as needed. More information about the GDRL project is available here: http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=163.

USICD’s mission is to catalyze and help focus the energy, expertise and resources of the U.S. disability community and the U.S. government to optimize their impact on improving the lives and circumstances of people with disabilities worldwide, and to be an active member of the global disability rights movement. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a groundbreaking organization supporting the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about USICD at its website at www.usicd.org.

Qualifications Summary:

USICD seeks a dynamic, energetic researcher with prior training or experience in library and information science or management; excellent communication skills; experience with performing office coordination functions and with electronic communication; ability to work collaboratively and to take direction; and proficiency in computer software application.

A commitment to the advancement of people with disabilities and knowledge of disability cultures in the United States and internationally are desirable. Also helpful is a wide-ranging curiosity in all knowledge relevant to people with disabilities in developing countries and a commitment to disseminating this knowledge to support the efforts of disability rights advocates worldwide. First-hand experience with disability preferred.

Applicants:

This employment opportunity is currently a part-time position under grant funding; however, additional funding support is being sought, and applicants seeking full and part-time employment are encouraged to apply. Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references. Electronic submissions by email are preferred.

Deadline: The position will remain open for applications until the position is filled.

Contact: Please send responses or inquiries to David Morrissey, Executive Director, at dmorrissey@usicd.org

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Fellowship Opportunity: at disability advocacy organization in Washington, DC, USA

Posted on 12 May 2010. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Employment, Fellowships & Scholarships, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dear Colleagues,

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), in partnership with Atlas Corps, has made available one fellowship position to work with USICD in Washington, DC for one year, beginning in September 2010. This is an exciting opportunity for a mid-career professional from another country, working in the nongovernmental sector, to spend a year working in Washington working and learning with our organization in areas such as advocacy, program development and nonprofit administration. Their experience will be further enriched by the professional development activities that occur throughout their placement, provided by Atlas Corps.

I have attached the candidate qualifications description we have developed with Atlas Corps. Please share this with any international networks with whom you participate. I am particularly enthused to have individuals with first-hand experience in disability in the applicant pool. Applications are now coming in; time is short, so please do not delay to encourage those people you know who may be interested to review the materials and consider applying. You can learn more about Atlas Corps here: http://www.atlascorps.org/ and in the information below; Atlas Corps manages the application process and is the point of contact for all applicants. Further information about USICD is available here: www.usicd.org.

Thank you,
David Morrissey

________________________________________
About Atlas Corps Fellowship

Atlas Corps coordinates the rigorous selection process as well as logistics including living stipend, visa, flight, health insurance, taxes, and end of service award. The Host organization pays a cost share that covers a percent of the expenses.

This is a unique opportunity to receive a talented, mid-career, citizen sector (nonprofit/NGO) leader from overseas who is recruited specifically for your organization. Host applications are accepted year round. The fellowship program runs a fall class from September to August and a spring class from March to February.

Host Benefits:
• The Host organization receives a full-time, yearlong, international Fellow who is a leader in the nonprofit/NGO sector with 3-10 years of relevant experience. The average Atlas Corps Fellow is 28 years old, is fluent in English, and has a bachelor’s or master’s degree. (Volunteers going to Bogota are also fluent in Spanish.)
• Atlas Corps recruits at least two strong candidates for the Host organization based on a job description provided by the Host. The Host interviews candidates and selects their top choice from Atlas’ pool of vetted candidates.
• Atlas Corps provides Fellows with assistance in obtaining a visa, ten days advance orientation and training, health insurance, round trip international travel to host assignment, living stipend, and ongoing monthly training.
• The Host joins an international network of nonprofit organizations and rising nonprofit leaders who work together and share best practices.
Host Responsibilities:
• Host agrees to pay Atlas Corps a cost share for the Fellow over the course of the year, beginning 30-45 days prior to fellow’s start date.. Payments are made quarterly. Host is not responsible for taxes, health insurance, visa, or additional compensation.
• Host interviews candidates and selects their top choice. The Fall Fellows start at Host organization in early September and Spring Fellows start in March.
• Host agrees to provide a workstation (desk, phone, computer).
• Host agrees to provide meaningful work opportunities for the Fellow and will develop a Fellow work plan during the recruitment process.
• Host agrees to embrace the two-way notion of the Atlas Corps program that values the contributions of rising nonprofit leaders from the global south.

Open Position: Atlas Corps Fellow
Job Summary: The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is looking for an Atlas Corps Fellow to serve in the Washington, DC area.
USICD’s mission is to catalyze and help focus the energy, expertise and resources of the US disability community and the US government to optimize their impact on improving the lives and circumstances of people with disabilities worldwide, and to be an active member of the global disability rights movement. The selected fellow will join a groundbreaking organization supporting the rights of people with disabilities in the US and abroad.

As a member of a small team and working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Atlas Corps Fellow will have a working and learning experience with USICD. The Fellow will provide integral support to the administrative and programmatic functions of the organization, to include:

• Assisting the Executive Director with various administrative tasks related to operating a U.S.-based nonprofit organization
• Assisting the program management staff in implementing various USICD initiatives in the areas of CRPD education and global disability rights information dissemination
• Supporting the Board of Directors’ activities through communications and logistic planning
• Respond to the inquiries of USICD members and constituents for information and disseminating announcements via electronic and print mailings
• Uploading content to the USICD website
• And developing their own portfolio of projects, presentations, and global network building unique to their role as an Atlas Corps Fellow with USICD, under the guidance and advice of the Executive Director.

Qualifications Summary:

USICD seeks a dynamic, energetic individual who:
• Understands disability as a human rights issue, beyond the more traditional charity or medical models
• Has at least basic awareness of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty -OR- the universal human rights framework in general
• Has some first-hand experience in the disability community, as a family member, advocate, or self-identified person with a disability
• Has developed skills speaking, presenting/teaching, and writing in English
• Has strong computer and internet use skills; experience with web publishing or content management a plus
• Some experience in nonprofit or civil society/NGO administration
A commitment to the advancement of people with disabilities and knowledge of disability cultures in the United States and internationally are desirable. First-hand experience with disability preferred.



Interested applicants will please note that this blog site, We Can Do, is NOT the appropriate conduit for applying for this fellowship opportunity. Instead, people who wish to apply are requested to contact Atlas Corps directly, as instructed in the announcement above. You may apply via the Atlas Corps website at http://www.atlascorps.org/. At the Atlas Corps website, click on the button that says “Apply here.” Then on the next screen, click “Apply to United States.” Follow the instructions provided on that page. Thank you and good luck in your endeavors.

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