USICD Releases White Paper on Monitoring CRPD Article 32
Billions of dollars are invested every year in projects meant to fight poverty, provide quality education services for students, improve access to healthcare services, and more. Unfortunately, too many of these projects leave behind people with disabilities. Both governments and civil society, including disabled persons organizations (DPOs), can play a role in holding bilateral and multilateral international development agencies accountable for disability inclusion in their projects. A White Paper released by the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) in June 2018, Stakeholders’ Understanding and Monitoring of the Implementation of CRPD Article 32, makes recommendations on how.
Article 32 of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—the international human rights treaty on persons with disabilities—requires that international cooperation activities be disability inclusive.
USICD Attends the 11th COSP
Opening Session of the Civil Society CRPD Forum at the United Nations
USICD Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, and Program Manager, Andrea Shettle, are attending the Civil Society Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Forum at the United Nations (UN) in New York City today. On June 12th, they will attend the UN Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the CRPD. Please follow the weeklong event via USICD's Twitter (@USICD) and on our Facebook page.
USICD Meets with Russian Disability Delegation
USICD Executive Director (center) meets with Russian International Vistor Leadership Program (IVLP) Disability Delegation
USICD's Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, met with a disability delegation from Russia on 14 March at the USICD office in Washington, D.C. The group was invited to the United States under the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) coordinated by Graduate School USA. Mrs. Hodge shared information about USICD's important international work, and answered questions relating to early intervention, special education, Medicaid and HCBS waivers, augmentative and alternative communication, and discussed person-centered planning and building social capacity. The delegation will meet with other NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area over the next few days.
Women Enabled International Launches accountABILITY Toolkit
Women Enabled International, a USICD member organization, has launched its new toolkit entitled accountABILITY: A Guide to Using UN Human Rights Mechanisms to Advance the Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities.
Women Enabled's accountABILITY Toolkit seeks to empower women with disabilities and organizations working on their behalf to make use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms. Bringing the voices and experiences of women and girls with disabilities to the U.N. human rights system is essential to hold States accountable for their human rights obligations and to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide.
Download the accountABILITY Toolkit free of charge. English and Spanish versions of the toolkit are available in both PDF and accessible Microsoft Word formats.
Two Important Youth in Development Announcements
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Highlights of USICD's Work in 2017
The USICD Board and Staff would like to thank our USICD members, partners, sponsors, friends and colleagues for being with us in 2017, and for celebrating our 25th Anniversary with us at the USICD Gala that was held at the Embassy of France on 5 December!