USICD NewsFebruary 2012

Join USICD as a Member in 2012!

The year ahead promises to be an important time in international disability rights.  Already in 2012, we have seen the 110th ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities--please join us in congratulating the disability community in Mozambique!

USICD has entered 2012 with a new strategic plan, new member benefits, and a refined vision for serving our community and the global disability rights movement.  We look forward to a big year, and hope that you will be a part of it.


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Executive Director David Morrissey Interviewed on Joyce Bender's Radio Show Disability Matters 
David Morrissey
Joyce Bender hosts Disability Matters, a weekly radio show on Voice America that focuses on the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.  On January 10, she spoke with David Morrissey, Executive Director of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD). He discussed USICD's mission as a non-profit, membership, constituent-led organization committed to promoting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the U.S. and abroad.

CRPD Education and Outreach Report

CRPD LogoWith the anticipated transmittal of the CRPD treaty package to the U.S. Senate, we are busier than ever reaching out to advocates excited about the CRPD!  Executive Director David Morrissey has been engaging folks around the U.S., providing informational webinars to groups as diverse as university students in Kansas and self-advocates with ACT in Minnesota.


Disability Rights Program Manager, Esmé Grant, is the new Co-Chair of the International Task Force for the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), of which USICD is an active member. Esmé will continue to provide other CCD members with CRPD resources in her new capacity.   


Disability Rights and the 2011 U.S. Report on ICCPR
Logo for the ICCPR

The United States ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1992. The ICCPR, which has 167 ratifications, commits parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process.


The United States just recently submitted its fourth periodic report on its implementation of this treaty. The report, which is reviewed by an international monitoring body called the Human Rights Committee- on which the United States holds a seat - includes numerous references to disability...


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Farewell Statement of Fellow Sherzodbek Sharipov

It has been almost one and a half years since I joined USICD as an international fellow through the Atlas Corps Fellowship Program. Today, with honor and full of experience, I am moving forward with my new plans and hopes.


USICD has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. During the fellowship, the USICD Board of Directors, Executive Director David Morrissey and the USICD staff have provided me with moments of joy, tons of experience and skills development. Serving for USICD was my pleasure and honor. Let me briefly explain why...



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In This Issue
Membership 2012
David Morrissey on the Radio
CRPD Education and Outreach Report
Disability Rights and the ICCPR
A Fellow's Farewell



Member News and Opportunities

Pacific Rim International Forum
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Sunday, March 25, 2012    

28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Monday, March 26, 2012 - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2012 Annual Conference on Independent Living 

Monday, June 11, 2012 - Thursday, June 14, 2012

6th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) opportunity
Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Auditions for Youth Advocates with Disabilities
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 

International Seminar on the Implementation of the World Report on Disability
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Saturday, February 25, 2012


Conference on Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness
Monday, March 12, 2012 - Wednesday, March 14, 2012   


7th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Monday, April 16, 2012 - Friday, April 20, 2012


Universal Design Conference 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012 - Wednesday, June 13, 2012  


 3rd International Disability Summer School, Galway

June 18-23 2012


USICD Member Mourns Passing of John McCarthy
January 11, 2012  


Call for Proposals for the 2012 TASH Conference opportunity
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012  

CRPD Ratification Watch
As of
February 7, 2012 
  • 153 Signatories
  • 110 Ratifications
Optional Protocol:
  • 90 Signatories
  • 63 Ratifications
Recent Ratifications:

Mozambique ratified the Convention on January 30, 2012

Macedonia (FYORM) ratified the Convention on December 29, 2011

Myanmar ratified the Convention on December 12, 2011

Indonesia ratified the Convention on December 7, 2011

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