2011 Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting 2011
Thank you to everyone who came to USICD's 2011 Annual Meeting! We were thrilled to have so many USICD members and community members join on Friday April 29 at the U.S. Access Board’s conference space.
USICD’s Members elected seven Board Members to for two-year terms. The 2011-2013 class of USICD Board Members includes:
- David Hutt: Senior Staff Attorney at the National Disability Rights Network
- Barbara LeRoy: Director of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University
- David Oaks: Executive Director of MindFreedom International
- Stephanie Ortoleva: Senior Human Rights Legal Advisor at BlueLaw, International, LLP
- Jeff Rosen: General Counsel for the Conference of State Directors of VR Services
- Diana Samarasan: Director of the Disability Rights Fund
- Glen White: Director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas
Japan Relief Effort
USICD’s special presentation on Japan rebuilding efforts generated an outpouring of support from our community. We shared a video message from Shoji Nakanishi, head of the Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake and director of USICD’s sister organization DPI Japan. You can view that video message here. The effort has already generated over $7000 that will be bundled and donated to support the Relief Headquarters’ important work of supporting the disability community in Japan that has been among the hardest hit by last month’s earthquake and tsunami. All proceeds will be sent to the Relief Headquarters to support their work.
Eric Rosenthal joined Panelists Judy Heumann of the State Department and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo of USAID for a wide ranging discussion of the role of disability in diplomacy and development around the world. Eric commented on the immense progress that has been made in raising the profile of international disability rights issues in the United States, but maintained that we all have hard work ahead of us to see full inclusion of disability in U.S. foreign policy.
Judy Heumann discussed the importance of promoting civil society development internationally, and the need to be looking at ways of developing capacity much more rapidly. She highlighted the work that she and Charlotte McClain-Nhalpo are doing to assess how organizations receiving funds from USAID and the State Department are working on disability issues and how they can move forward to ensure inclusivity of disability issues. Heumann also gave some introductory examples into how the State Department is beginning to merge the global disability community within the international human rights platform.
Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo discussed a vision for USAID and the United States development policies in general that returns the U.S. to the vanguard of disability inclusive policy and expertise. She elaborated on how her position will seek to elevate the issue of disability into all sectors of USAID with a no gap and zero discrimination approach while achieving tangible and lasting results. McClain-Nhalpo affirmed USAID’s political commitment to disability issues and emphasized that USAID valued partnerships with the disability community in order to achieve harmonization of disability awareness throughout the agency.
Date: Friday, April 29, 2011
U.S. Access Board
1331 F St. NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004