USICD Releases White Paper on International Development Disability Policy & Practice

Bilateral and multilateral agencies are powerful stakeholders in the international development field. They are responsible for driving projects that do everything from improving education and health outcomes in developing countries, to strengthening public participation in democratic processes, to boosting gender equality in employment. Although some of these projects include persons with disabilities among their beneficiaries, others exclude them. And often their exclusion begins in the policies meant to guide staff at international development agencies on how they should carry out their activities.

A newly released White Paper from the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), International Development: Disability Policy & Practice reviews and assesses disability inclusion in the policies of selected bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Feedback Sought on U.S. Government Education Strategy

The new draft U.S. Government Basic Education Strategy is now live for public comment from July 16–July 22. We strongly encourage you to provide feedback through the USAID website and share this link with your networks.

USAID is developing its own annex, which will be included in the U.S. Government Basic Education Strategy. That annex will highlight the broad principles found in the USAID Education Policy and Implementation Guidance, which is currently in development and will be released in fall 2018.

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 Issues Press Release on Family Separation

24 June, 2018

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) issued a press release that opposes the Trump administration policies that forcibly remove children and adults from immigrant parents or other family members and places them in detention camps around the United States. USICD demands the administration stop this inhumane, cruel, and abusive practice immediately. We also demand that the Department of Homeland Security carry out its responsibilities to adults and children with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and provide State Protection and Advocacy systems with immediate access to all detention centers for immigrant children and adults. Click here to read the full press release. 

United States Senate Greenlights Marrakesh Treaty and Implementing Legislation

Washington, DC (June 28, 2018): The United States Senate today provided its advice and consent for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The chamber also approved the treaty's implementing legislation (S. 2559), which will make modest adjustments to US copyright law to fully comply with the treaty. Read the National Federation of the Blind's full press release. 

USICD Attends the 11th COSP

Isabel Hodge Makes a Statement at the 11th UN COSP

USICD Executive Director, Isabel Hodge, made a statement on USICD's recent Article 32 - International Cooperation study to members of the GLAD Network at the United Nations (UN) Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the CRPD this month.  We hope you followed the weeklong event via USICD's Twitter (@USICD) and on our Facebook page.

AmazonSmile - A No Cost Way to Donate to USICD

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You can contribute to USICD at no cost to you! USICD is a registered organization with the AmazonSmile program. That means, if you sign up to participate in the AmazonSmile program, .05% of all eligible purchase amounts will go to USICD. If you spend $500 per year, USICD will receive $25; if you spend $1,000, USICD gets $50. Just think how that could be multiplied if you get all your family members and friends to do the same. Every donation, no matter how small, takes us one step closer to realizing our vision. 

It's easy to do! Visit AmazonSmile and on your first visit select the "United States International Council on Disabilities" as the charitable organization you want to receive your donations before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to USICD. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations and such eligibility is noted with the product's information with the simple message: Eligible for "AmazonSmile" donation.
Bookmark to make it even easier to return and shop at AmazonSmile. There are no differences in prices or products if you shop through except that a percentage of the money you spend goes to USICD. 

Please take a few minutes to take this simple action if you shop on Amazon and encourage others to do the same. 

Thank you so much. 

USICD Resource Committee

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!

Click here to view photos from the Gala.

Click here to view a video of highlights from our work in 2017.