USICD's Blog

USICD has launched a blog to provide a forum for more in depth analysis and reflection on important issues relating to disability rights.  The blog will be updated frequently and will feature posts by USICD Board Members, Staff, Guest bloggers, and more.  

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Unapologetically Me: The Power of Intersectionality
As the very essence of me—my race, gender, disability, etc.—are constantly coming under attack and scrutinized, understanding the power of intersectionality has become more important to me than ever before.

Beyond Dream to Real World Travels
Until recently, I thought that I was only capable of tele-travel because traveling through television is more accessible. [...] I thought that I could never find a career in international affairs as a result of barriers to accessible travel. However, I am starting to unlearn this mindset as a participant in USCID’s Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Program.

First Impressions of the U.S.
By Semin Seo Semin Seo is a fulltime USICD fellow from South Korea who is here in the U.S. via the German American Chamber of Commerce in California. She will assist USICD staff on a range of projects from March through September. I arrived at the multicultural hub of U.S. politics, Washington, D.C., two weeks […]

Learning Disability Advocacy through Engaging U.S. Senate Campaigns
Now, a year into my dual-degree graduate school program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University), I found myself back in Washington, DC, working again with the organization that had first opened my eyes to how disability rights and advocacy (which I was already involved with at the local level) could have an international focus and global ramifications.

Considering International Perspectives on Disability
I didn’t anticipate how Western-centric my own particular disability politics are.

The State of Disability Inclusion at International Organizations
If there is something this summer has shown me, it has dispelled the myth of the lack of disabled people who aim to work in development fields.

Internship Reflection
Apart from the skills I have learned through this internship, I have also met a lot of amazing and very talented people, both in person and through online platforms.

DeafBlind Citizens Take the Lead
Meeting members of DeafBlind Citizens in Action made me realize that there is still a lot of work needed to be done here in the United States with our disabled students.

Finding My Career Path
People keep telling me that internships are a great way to start finding out my interests, where I want to work, what I want to do, what types of jobs to look for, and how to go about it. Their advice did not truly sink in until I completed my undergraduate studies.

International Development Needs Workers with Disabilities
I knew that the development world needed people with disabilities in the field, but I couldn’t have imagined just how much until this summer.