2017 International Day Gala

2017 International Day Gala

USCID held the fourth annual gala on December 5, at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  At our gala, we honored leaders of the disability rights movement whose impact has been felt on the international stage—American policymakers are recipients of the Dole-Harkin Award, for distinction in public service to the global disability community, and an overseas disability rights advocate is honored for his/her outstanding work in advancing the rights, opportunities, and dignity of persons with disabilities.

USICD also recognized and honored corporations demonstrating leadership by instilling the best practices of the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout their companies’ values, operations, and hiring practices.

The annual USICD gala brings together disability rights advocates, legislative leaders, new and long-term donors, business and philanthropic leaders, and other friends of the disability rights movement.

When: Tuesday, 5 December from 6:00 - 8:00 PM


Embassy of France

4101 Reservoir Road, NW,

Washington, DC 2007


Tickets: $125 


2017 Honorees

Dole-Harkin Award Recipients

Senator John Barrasso

Senator John BarrassoSenator John Barrasso (R-WY) is the fourth-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He serves on committees that directly impact Wyoming’s economy, energy interests, public lands, national parks and trade.

Senator Barrasso, reelected in 2012 to the U.S. Senate with over 75% of the vote to represent his home state of Wyoming, has a long and distinguished career in both medicine and public service.

Senator Barrasso was a leading Republican supporting ratification of the CRPD, the first international treaty to address disability rights that was inspired by the leadership of the U.S. in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act. The disability community built strong bipartisan support for the treaty, but in 2012 the Senate fell short of the two-thirds vote required to ratify this United Nations treaty, when the vast majority of Republican senators voted against the treaty, with the exception of a few longtime Republicans, including Senator Barrasso. He issued a public statement supporting ratification of the CRPD before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July 12, 2012.

Senator Barrasso is known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor. During his 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon, he served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year.

Judith E. Heumann

Judy Heumann is an internationally-recognized disability rights and civil rights leader, working for more than 40 years to advance the human rights of disabled people. Under the Obama Administration, she was the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. Judy was previously the World Bank’s first Advisor on Disability and Development and its Lead Consultant to the Global Partnership for Disability and Development, and served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education.

Judy represented Secretary of Education Richard Riley at the 1995 International Congress on Disability in Mexico City; was a U.S. delegate to the Fourth UN World Conference on Women in Beijing; has been active with Disabled Peoples’ International, Rehabilitation International, and numerous Independent Living Centers globally; and co-founded the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, CA, and the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, CA.

Recently she’s been building an online presence under The Heumann Perspective to broaden and spur discussions on the intersectionality of disability rights.

Judy has received numerous awards, including the first Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.


International Advocate Award Recipient

Risnawati Utami 

Risnawati Utami

Risnawati Utami has been actively working at the intersection of public health, community development, policy, and disability, advocating and leading in Indonesia and globally. She is founder and Executive Director OHANA, which focuses on disability rights and policy advocacy, and her experience gained from leading local, national and cross-national initiatives has allowed her to develop projects throughout Southeast Asia and beyond.


Since 2013 Risna has been advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and UN High Level Forum in the United Nations; she was officially nominated to be Indonesia’s Candidate for the UN CRPD Committee for the 2018 UN election of the CRPD Committee. She has also been leading the Indonesian Consortium for Disability Rights, with 45 organization members representing 8 provinces in Indonesia, advocating for CRPD local and national implementation.

In 2006 Risna was awarded a Ford Foundation International Fellowship to accomplish a Master’s Degree in International Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

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