USICD NewsFebruary 2011

USICD Exectutive Director to appear on State Department's 'Conversations with America'

Conversations with America Ad 

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, David Morrissey will join Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, for a conversaton on International Disability Rights.  The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs and streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 3:00 p.m. ET.  


You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast.  Submit your questions now on DipNote.


View the full posting and watch the conversation live at:

USICD Launches Global Disability Rights Library Newsletter

On Sunday February 6, 2011, the USICD GDRL team launched the first edition of the Global Disability Rights Library Newsletter.  This first edition included:

  • Details about GDRL Deployment benefits and responsibilities
  • Tips for strengthening applications to receive the GDRL
  • Highlighted disability rights content already in the library
  • Notes on priority areas where the GDRL still needs more content, including material in South Asian and African languages, information on Independent Living, and Resources for indigenous people with disabilities.

We will periodically send out new issues of the GDRL Newsletter to provide updates on the progress of building the GDRL, more highlighted content from the library, and further tips and insights from the site application process.    

Sign up for the GDRL newsletter at the bottom right of this page

 Click Here to view the most recent GDRL Newsletter

USICD Now accepting Applications for Government Relations Coordinator

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) is looking for a Government Relations Coordinator lead the daily outreach and advocacy campaign in support of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Responsibilities include: Outreach on Capitol Hill and meeting coordination, external partner relations with both domestic and international colleagues, advisory committee support, and writing issue briefs.


To read the full Job Announcement, follow this link:  

USICD Staff Member Appointed to U.S. State Department's Foreign Service

USICD's Manager of Government Relations, Mariyam Cementwala, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service in its March class.  She will join the ranks of this country's diplomatic corps representing the United States in its embassies and consular posts across the globe.  The USICD community wishes Mariyam safe travels and the best of luck in serving our country!

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.


USICD Seeks Government Relations Coordinator


Global Disability Rights Library Internship 


Application Process Open for GDRL Deployment Sites

Apply now to be recipient of Global Disability Rights Library 




Partner News

DPI e-news -

February 9 2011


DPI e-update -  Febuary 3 2011

DPI e-Update -
January 26, 2011


CRPD Ratification Watch
As of February 14, 2011
  • 147 Signatories
  • 98 Ratifications

Optional Protocol:
  • 90 Signatories
  • 60 Ratifications
Recent Ratifications: 

Romania Ratifies the CRPD on January 31, 2011.
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