USICD News April 2010
USICD Annual Meeting

Please join the USICD membership, Board of Directors, and staff for our annual meeting, to be held at the Washington offices of InterAction.  The afternoon will include an annual report to the members, business of the membership, and a program of stimulating discussions featuring:

  • Special Assistant to President Obama, Kareem Dale
  • Steven Estey, Human Rights Officer for
    Disabled Peoples' International,
    and Co-chair of the International Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, discussing the recent ratification of the CRPD by Canada, and other news in the global disability community
  • Cliff Missen, Director of the WiderNet Project at the University of Iowa, presenting the innovative technology behind the Global Disability Rights Library
The afternoon will include opportunities for networking and resource sharing.  CART and ASL interpretation will be provided.  Please request other accommodations through the registration page.

Please register your attendance for this special event.
USICD Offers Disability Rights Educational Teleconference
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an important tool for promoting the human rights of people with disabilities.  USICD has been hosting a continuing series of national teleconferences on the CRPD to build awareness and support for the CRPD.  The next teleconference will be aimed at people who may be new to the content of the treaty and would like to learn more.  If you want to know what a treaty is, what the CRPD is about, and how it can help protect the human rights of people with disabilities, this session is for you!  Join us on April 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.  Click on the link on the right under Upcoming Events for more information.

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,     

During April, USICD will offer two special events.  First, we are providing an "Introduction to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)."  This April 16th national teleconference is for people new to the CRPD. 

Participants will learn more about what a treaty is, what the CRPD is about, and how it protects the human rights of people with disabilities. For colleagues actively advocating for US ratification, please watch for another "Advocates Teleconference" later in May. 
On April 26, I invite you and all interested community members to our Annual Meeting.  This will be a half-day event in Washington, DC, and we will also offer teleconference access to those outside Washington.  The afternoon will include special guest speakers,  resource sharing, and networking   This is a wonderful way to meet fellow USICD members and other advocates for the global disability rights movement. 
If you are an existing USICD member, you have recently received your 2010 membership renewal notice.  I hope we can count on your continued  participation in our growing community.  To our colleagues who are not yet members, I encourage you to consider joining.   There is a lot going on in the USICD community--won't you join us?
David Morrissey
Educational Teleconference:
An Introduction to the CRPD
April 16, 2010
2 p.m. Eastern
USICD Annual Meeting
Monday, April 26, 2010
1 p.m. Eastern
 Washington, DC

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