What We Do

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Who is USICD?

The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is a non-profit, membership, constituent-led organization committed to building bridges between American and international disability communities and cultures.  Through a wide range of projects and programs, USICD promotes the inclusion of disability perspectives in U.S. foreign policy and aid and provides opportunities for domestic disability rights organizations to interface with their international counterparts.   USICD’s major initiatives leverage a membership that spans organizations and individuals in more than 30 U.S. states and a number of foreign countries. USICD's Board of Directors includes leading experts in domestic and international disability issues.

Read USICD's 2016 Policy Priorities Statement.

Program Initiatives

CRPD Education and Advocacy

CRPD Logo: Four red boxes with letters CRPD, Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesUSICD works to promote the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the U.S. and abroad through the CRPD Education and Advocacy Campaign. 

In our Education and Activities activities, USICD is guided by a commitment to the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people with disabilities. We strive for the full inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and our allies to have a voice of our own. In so doing, they will become effective and informed human rights advocates. A better understanding of what the CRPD means and how it and other human rights standards are relevant to the everyday lives of people with disabilities is essential to achieve this.

Read more about the CRPD Education and Advocacy Campaign

See a List of Recent Speakers Bureau Events

Global Disability Rights Library

Global Disability Rights Logo: Four boxes with Text The Global Disability Rights Library project helps improve the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries by delivering digital knowledge on disability rights to advocates, policymakers, and civil society institutions.   The project is a collaborative effort between USICD and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project that has collected an extensive digital repository with thousands of toolkits, best practice materials, national and regional disability legislation, video, audio and other advocacy tools.  This collection is delivered to DPOs in developing countries lacking adequate internet access via an eGranary device—a 2-TeraByte portable hard drive that brings web-like access without an internet connection.

Learn more about the Global Disability Rights Library

Youth in International Development and Affairs

The Letters YIDA in orange next to progressively larger bard of yellow, except the middle one which is orangeUSICD is proud of the leadership role that the U.S. has played in the international disability rights movement.  Leaders like Marca Bristo and Judy Heumann have let the world by example and by guiding foreign policy in long and lusterous careers that began in their youth.  To continue the movement and America's role as a leader, USICD strives to develop the next generation of leaders.


Disability Inclusion in U.S. Foreign Affairs

USICD is committed to disability inclusion in all areas of United States foreign affairs. As part of that effort, USICD has consolidated the information the U.S. State Department’s annual Human Rights Reports to highlight disability references. Disability references from all 194 Human Rights Reports are collated into a comprehensive overview on our website.

Read more about Disability Inclusion in U.S. Foreign Affairs.