USICD NewsJanuary 2011
USICD Launches 2011 Membership Drive

In the past two years, USICD has grown in our capacity to support U.S. involvement in global disability rights issues.  Our education and ratification campaigns for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have helped to raise awareness of the CRPD among lawmakers and the disability community.  The Global Disability Rights Library is now moving into its second year, with the first installations of the library to begin in the coming months in countries around the world.  And we anticipate 2011 will include a new level of activity by Disabled Peoples' International and Rehabilitation International, new advancement toward social inclusion around the world, and new steps to engage Americans with the global disability community.



In order to continue in these efforts and promote disability rights around the world, we need your involvement as a USICD member.


Click below to learn more about USICD Membership

DPI Announces Regional and World Assemblies for 2011

Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) has announced its 8th World Assembly to be held in Durban, South Africa from October 10 through 13, 2011. 


Please visit DPI's World Assembly website at: 


Additionally, Disabled Peoples' International of North America and the Caribbean Region (DPI-NAC) has announced its 2011 Regional Assembly to be held June 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.  The Assembly will feature workshops on Youth with Disabilities and Women with Disabilities.   


Please visit DPI NAC's website devoted to the 2011 Regional Assembly at:

Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library


Washington, DC - The Global Disability Rights Library project announces a call for organizations to apply to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL).  Applications are open to disabled people's organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries.   Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities. 


The project uses an innovative "internet in a box" technology to deliver digital resources to people beyond the reach of the internet.  Users will include disabled people's organizations (DPOs), decision makers, individual advocates, and others who cannot easily download information from the web. 


Ideal deployment site candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and facilitating disability rights.  Successful applicants will have the organizational capacity to become a hub for disseminating disability rights information and will be inclusive of a diverse disability community.


To read the full Site Deployment Press Release, click here:

USICD Now accepting Applications for Disability Rights Educator

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is looking for a disability rights educator to join the organization in a staff or consultant role.  This position will participate in the development and implementation of a disability rights education program that will include delivering presentations to diverse audiences about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other topics within a disability, human and civil rights framework, among other duties.


Responsibilities include: communication about the rights and experiences of people with disabilities, organizing training programs, supporting Speakers Bureau volunteers, rapid response to inquiries, program evaluation, and deadline adherence.


To read the full Job Announcement, follow this link: 

Reminder: USICD Has Moved!

 USICD moved in summer 2010, and is now located at:
 1012 14th St. NW, Suite 105
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-347-0102
Fax: 202-347-0351
(All email addresses remain the same)

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Save the Date!
Our 2011 Annual Meeting is set for Friday, April 29 in Washington, DC.   More details to follow.


Global Disability Rights Library Internship - USICD Seeks library interns for the GDRL project. 


Application Process Open for GDRL Deployment Sites

Apply now to be recipient of Global Disability Rights Library.



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CRPD Ratification Watch
As of January 20, 2011
  • 147 Signatories
  • 97 Ratifications

Optional Protocol:
  • 90 Signatories
  • 60 Ratifications
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The European Union Ratifies the CRPD on Decemer 23, 2010.
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