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Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library

January 6, 2011

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, and agencies in developing countries.   Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities. 

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Note: Applications have now closed


Organization seeks creation of disability affairs ministry
October 8, 2013
Source: Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments

Service Innovation Fund awarded to YPSA
September 28, 2013
Source: YSPA

Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO), Rupnagar, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh
July 19, 2013
Source: BERDO

Zambia Deaf Youth and Women (ZDYW), Kitwe, Zambia
July 18, 2013
Source: Zambia Deaf Youth and Women

United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), Nairobi, Kenya
July 17, 2013
Source: UDPK

Canadian Ambassador to Peru, Patricia Fortier, Lived a day full of joy along with students and parents of the Ann Sullivan Center of Peru (CASP)
July 16, 2013
Source: Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru

GDRL Offers New Spanish Language Portal
February 12, 2013
Source: USICD

Evaluating the GDRL Project
July 3, 2012
The GDRL team has begun to gather information to help assess the impact of the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project.

60 +1 GDRL Deployment Sites
July 3, 2012
All 60 deployment sites for the Global Disability Rights Library have been selected and have received their new eGranary Digital Library. These organizations are spread across 12 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

IFES Invited to Participate in Global Disability Rights Library
November 14, 2011
Source: International Foundation for Electoral Systems

USICD Executive Director David Morrissey Takes Iowa by Storm
November 2, 2011

USICD Leads InterAction Discussion on International Disability Development
August 12, 2011
As a member organization of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S. based international NGOs, USICD was excited to participate in the InterAction Forum this month.

Disability rights: A global grass-roots movement
July 28, 2011
Source: The Gazette
While U.N. delegates and other global advocates work diligently to promote the CRPD, librarians at the U.S. International Council on Disabilities and at the University of Iowa have been collaborating with hundreds of organizations to develop the Global Disability Rights Library, or GDRL — a collection of more than 500,000 digital resources representing the world’s collective knowledge on how to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities in widely diverse locations, cultures and circumstances.

GDRL Prototype now Online!
June 14, 2011

Tips to improve your GDRL Site Deployment application
February 4, 2011

December GDRL Call Summary now Online
December 8, 2010

GDRL Internship Application Now Available
November 24, 2010
USICD is now acception applicants for Global Disability Rights Library internships.

November GDRL Summary now Online
November 22, 2010

USICD Hosts Teleconferences Introducing the GDRL
October 25, 2010
USICD hosted a pair of open teleconferences on the GDRL on October 20 and 21. This is a summary document of the conference call proceedings.

Andrea Shettle's Talking Points, October GDRL Calls
October 24, 2010
Talking points from USICD's October 20 and 21 community teleconferences on the GDRL, by Project Manager Andrea Shettle.

A Message from the USICD Program Manager for the Global Disability Rights Library
September 15, 2010

GDRL: The First 6 Months
July 7, 2010
The initial six months of the GDRL project has been focused on establishing a foundation upon which the remaining project can be built. The following bullets summarize our early progress. It is anticipated that, with these initial pieces in place, the remaining labor will move forward quickly in the months and years to come.

Biographies of IAB Members and Ex-officio Members
June 3, 2010
The International Advisory Board members and ex-officio members will provide expertise and advice to the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) Project. Read their biographies on this page.

International Advisory Board to Provide Input for Global Disability Rights Library Project
June 3, 2010
A newly-formed International Advisory Board (IAB) with 10 members and an additional nine ex-officio members will advise the Global Disability Rights Library project. Advisors in the IAB will advise GDRL staff in what type of information is important to include in the electronic disability rights library. The IAB also will assist in identifying partners around the world who can help gather content for the library, deploy the library in developing countries, and implement other related activities.