Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
Invites women with disabilities around the world to apply for the
6th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
August 6 – 27, 2012 (Tentative)
Eugene, Oregon, USA
Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
ABOUT THE WILD PROGRAM:
MIUSA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) will bring together approximately 30 women leaders with disabilities from approximately 30 different countries, to strengthen leadership skills, create new visions and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming.
During the three-week program, participants will take part in workshops, seminars and discussions, conduct on-site visits, and participate in team-building activities, to explore challenges and exchange strategies for increasing leadership opportunities and participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs.
WHO CAN APPLY: ELIGIBILITY
Women with disabilities who are from:
- South Pacific
- Middle East
- Latin America
Women with disabilities who are:
- Established leaders and/or professionals
- Emerging young leaders, ages 21 and above
Women with disabilities who speak or use at least ONE of the following languages:
- Conversational English (minimum)
- Sign Language; preferably familiar with American Sign Language (ASL)
• MIUSA uses ASL sign language interpreters who are experienced and skilled at providing interpretation for individuals who use different sign languages.
• Spoken and sign language interpretation will be provided during formal program activities, workshops, discussions and site visits only.
WHO CAN APPLY: QUALIFICATIONS
Women leaders with disabilities who demonstrate:
- Personal experience with disability, an understanding of issues, and a commitment to working for the rights of women and girls with disabilities
- Membership in an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or civil society organization committed to the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing leadership opportunities of women with disabilities in the community and/or country
- Commitment to and capacity for increasing the participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs
MIUSA will strive for diversity of geographic region, age, ethnic background, and types of disability in final selection of qualified participants. MIUSA will give priority to qualified women with disabilities who:
- Are from rural communities
- Are members of indigenous groups
- Have not participated in a MIUSA exchange program
- Have not visited the United States
The WILD program will include interactive workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women with disabilities, including:
• National and International Policies and Legislation, including the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disability Policy
• Educational rights and opportunities including specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
• Leadership for economic empowerment, including higher education, training models, supported employment, microenterprise, private sector partnerships, career mentorship, skill-building, employment policy, and career development.
• Health and family issues including parenting, health care, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and violence prevention
• Using the media
• Coalition building
• Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
• Goals and action plans to promote collaborative relationships with other organizations for the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs.
• Inclusive international development, including exchanging strategies for inclusion with representatives from U.S-based international development organizations and/or human rights organizations
• Cultural and team-building experiences
• Mentorship and networking
LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION:
• Simple but comfortable lodging with a local host family will be provided. During one-week of the program, shared lodging will be provided at a simple outdoor retreat center.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day. All supplemental meals, snacks, or personal incidentals (including laundry) will be at the expense of each delegate.
• Accessible public transportation will be provided.
Note: Please do not expect “luxury” accommodations, meals, or transportation.
Accepted participants will be responsible for:
1. $250 USD program fee. Limited scholarships may be available based on applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Applications for a scholarship will be provided upon acceptance to the WILD program.
2. Obtaining a current, valid passport and U.S. visa, including all related costs such as travel to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the home country
MIUSA will provide:
1. Roundtrip airplane tickets for participants to travel from home countries to Eugene, Oregon, USA
2. Travel health insurance during the WILD program
3. Food, lodging, program activities and accessible public transportation during the WILD program
4. Disability-related accommodations, including sign language interpreters, funding for personal assistants, etc.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2012
We receive a large number of applications for a limited number of openings.
Send your application by e-mail (preferred), or fax:
Disabled women activists change the world through YouTube music video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)
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Mobility International USA
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)
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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Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA)
4th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)
August 12 – September 2, 2008
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
Application deadline: FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2008
Generous scholarships available.
American Sign Language interpretation*
MIUSA is currently accepting applications from emerging and established
women leaders with disabilities who are:
- From Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and
- First time visitors to the USA and have NOT participated in a MIUSA WILD
- From an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or employed in a business or program committed to inclusion of women and girls with disabilities
- **Women with disabilities who are from rural areas and/or indigenous backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply**
- Generous scholarships are available for this program.
The WILD program will include workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women with disabilities, including:
- Leadership for economic empowerment, including employment policy, legislation, private sector partnerships and coalition building
- Educational rights and opportunities including specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
- Career planning and higher education, including policies and support systems for women and girls with disabilities
- Employment strategies for women with disabilities including training models, supported employment, microenterprise, private sector partnerships, career mentorship and skill-building
- Health and family issues including parenting, health care and violence prevention
- Accessible transportation and communities including policy and implementation, public advocacy, model transport systems, solutions for accessibility
- Using the media and coalition building
- Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
- Cultural, team-building and community service experiences
- Goals and action plans to strengthen collaborative relationships with other organizations and/or businesses and to implement plans for the employment of women with disabilities locally, regionally or internationally
The official languages of WILD are English and American Sign Language (ASL). However, some language translation may be provided during formal program workshops and activities only. Specific languages (e.g. Arabic, French, Russian, and/or Spanish) will be determined based on need and availability of resources.
Materials in alternative formats will be provided. Other disability-related accessibility arrangements will be negotiated to ensure full participation of all program participants.
APPLY EARLY! Limited space available!
Application deadline is April 4, 2008. Late applications will be accepted as space permits. Application materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
Applications can be downloaded at http://www.miusa.org/miusa-exchange-programs/WILD2008/index_html or requested via e-mail at: email@example.com
Application forms are currently available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Translations into French and Russian are forthcoming.
Since 1981, MIUSA has been pioneering short-term international exchange programs for people with and without disabilities from over 90 countries. As a non-profit organization, MIUSA is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
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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