Deadline Extended for USICD's Youth in International Development &Foreign Affairs Internships!

The summer 2017 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship application deadline has been extended to January 25, 2017.
The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) launched its internship program in 2013 with a focus on U.S. citizen youth with disabilities aspiring to careers in international development or foreign affairs.  USICD covers the cost of accessible housing during the program, reimburses travel expenses to and from DC, and provides a limited stipend.
Person in a dark suit and tie stands on the steps in front of an office buildingThe summer 2017 internship program will bring a group of talented U.S. citizen graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities from across the U.S. to Washington, DC, for nine weeks. This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, area. In the first four years, USICD placed 24 interns at 17 different international organizations. Interns would need to be in DC from May 28 to July 29, 2017.

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Our internship program would not be possible without the funding support of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, for which we are grateful.
The application deadline for USICD's summer 2017 internship program is January 25, 2017.

USICD Celebrates Congressional Leaders at Gala!

USICD celebrated the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 1 December 2016, at our third annual Gala reception, hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. At the reception, we honored leaders who have been crucial players in the global disability rights movement. The Dole-Harkin Award went to Senator Al Franken and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The International Advocate Award went to Silvia Quan. Please read the bios of our honorees.

USICD's Triple I Initiative

Invest in Inclusion Internationally!!

Disability Advocates Attending a Senate Hearing

USICD's Triple I initiative is focused on appropriations to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for disability inclusion.

USICD needs your help in convincing 27 members of Congress  from 22 states to adequately fund and staff the USAID's Disability Coordinator position and office, and also the U.S. Department of State's Office of the International Disability Rights Advisor.  These members of Congress serve on either the Senate or House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.

Please visit our Triple I Initiative page to learn more.


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Join us in empowering people with disabilities to come together across borders as a global disability community! Together, we can advance the equal rights of people with disabilities.

Your Generous #GivingTuesday Donation Will Help USICD:   

  • Promote the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through education and advocacy
  • Advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in U.S. foreign operations and humanitarian aid
  • Improve the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries by sharing knowledge on disability rights with advocates, policymakers, and civil society
  • Provide technical assistance to Disabled Peoples' Organizations and their allies
  • Create a pilot project to support new asylees and refugees
  • Develop disability inclusion materials and trainings that spur governments, nongovernmental organizations, and companies to truly and meaningfully include people with disabilities
  • Expand the Global Disability Rights Library
  • Strive to develop the next generation of leaders with disabilities through our Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs Program

Be a part of global inclusion. Click on the "Donate Now" button on the right side of the page. Your support makes a difference! Thank you!!

USICD Submits Feedback on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework

USICD recently submitted feedback to the World Bank on their second draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). This framework is used as a tool to protect poor people and the environment in World Bank investment projects. The World Bank, which is supported with funds from more than 100 country governments, provides funding to a wide range of projects in developing countries meant to alleviate poverty, improve theLine drawing of a globe next to the words World Bank Groupnational economy, enable farmers and private sector businesses to access international markets, increase access to education and basic healthcare, and other needs.  

The ESF, also called "safeguards", are meant to ensure that investment projects do not inadvertently cause harm to poor people or to the environment. USICD's feedback requested stronger language protecting the needs of people with disabilities.

Learn more about the consultation process for the World Bank's Environmental and Social Framework.

Review feedback on the second draft World Bank ESF submitted by other organizations.

Read USICD's feedback.