USICD NewsMay and June 2013
New CRPD Community Webinar Available!

Circle that says Ratify CRPD Yes In early May USICD hosted a community webinar explaining the CRPD and why U.S. ratification is vital for over 500 disability organizations and allies.   Click here for an online version. See our shorter clips and other information at our new website:!


Thank you to to our wonderful coalition members who made this webinar possible:

Don't forget to sign-on your organization as supporting the CRPD so we can reach our goal of 1000 Strong!  

New UNICEF Report on Children with Disabilities Calls for CRPD Ratification
A group of men and women in suits with their arms around each other smile at the camera
USICD's Esme Grant (far right) joins UNICEF and Special Olympics CEOs and Special Olympics Global Messenger Frank Stephens at the launch of UNICEF'S State of the World's Children Report
On May 30th, UNICEF issued the 2013 edition of The State of the World's Children. Entitled Children with Disabilities, the report examines the discrimination and deprivations that children and their families around the world confront. It also describes the progress that is being made with the CRPD in ensuring that children with disabilities have the fair access to services and opportunities that is their right and urges governments, their international partners, civil society, and employers to take concrete steps to advance the cause of inclusion. The report also contains a series of personal essays by young people with disabilities and some of the people who work with children and adolescents with disabilities - among them, parents, caregivers and advocates.


REPORT: You can access the full report,  in the range of accessible formats, including video summary, photo library, additional materials are at

Full report [PDF]
Report corrections and updates [PDF]
Executive Summary [PDF]
Executive Summary Easy Read version [PDF]

 Accessible formats  
EPUB, DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) HTML Multi-pageBraille Ready file
Other languages and previous editions



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Youth in Development Internship Program
Meet the 2013 YiD Interns!

The response to the 2013 Youth in Development (YiD) Internship application process was fantastic.  Over 130 college and graduate students and USICD staff and selection committee members agonized over narrowing the field down to fill the limited number of internships available.  CLICK HERE to meet our 7 incredible qualified finalists.  We would also like to thank this year's host organizations:

To learn more about YiD, please contact Andrea Shettle at    And be sure to follow the USICD Blog for YiD Intern insights over the next nine weeks! 

CRPD Education Update
WCRPD Logohat an incredible month for the disability treaty (CRPD)! USICD and its partner the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) kicked off the month of May with a national community call with disability leader Senator Harkin from Iowa who voiced his commitment to getting the treaty ratified this year! USICD's President Marca Bristo said to advocates on the call, "We're calling upon our Senators to have the courage and the dedication to do what's right.... It's seldom that people have a second opportunity to do the right thing." It was our largest call to date - stay tuned to for the latest!
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Expert panel discusses how the CRPD benefits U.S. business
On June 4th leaders from the business and technology arena began the M-Enabling Summit by convening a panel in the U.S. Senate to discuss how U.S. ratification of the CRPD benefits business.  The packed event, hosted by USICD, AAPD, G3ict, and the Accessible Technology Industry Association featured voices from IBM, World Wide Web Consortium, Adobe Systems, ATIA and the Consumer Electronics Association.  Panelists commented on the urgency businesses feel there is to ratify the treaty and how the treaty serves as a blueprint to set harmonized standards for technology. Look for USICD's CRPD booth at the M-Enabling Summit this week!
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Senate staffers, disability, and business community crowd Senate briefing room
USICD has continued to educate diverse constituencies throughout May about the treaty including a panel presentation by Executive Director David Morrissey at the 2013 National Industries for the Blind Public Policy Forum.  Disability Rights Program Manager Esme Grant was joined by new staff member Eileen Magan to discuss the treaty with a delegation of disability advocates from Turkemenistan as well as provide an afternoon treaty training session with 50 interns with disabilities from USICD's Youth in Development program and the American Association of People with Disabilities internship program.
USICD staff with Turkmenistan disability advocates
Internship CRPD training
AAPD and USICD interns with disabilities brainstorm ideas about CRPD implementation abroad





Eric Rosenthal to Win Charles Bronfman Prize 
USICD is please to congratulate USICD Board Member and Disability Rights International Executive Director Eric Rosenthal for being this year's recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize. The Charles Bronfman Prize recognizes humanitarians whose work is inspired by their Jewish values and is of universal benefit to all people.  It's goal is to bring public recognition to their humanitarian accomplishments and provide inspiration to the next generation

Through DRI, Rosenthal has provided global leadership and effected worldwide change to protect a vulnerable and overlooked population. He documents human rights abuses, has trained activists in 25 nations, and works with governments to end abusive practices. He was instrumental in the United Nations' adoption of a new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - now ratified by 130 countries - and through DRI recently launched the Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children.



Disability and Human Rights Reports 2012

A blue circle that says Depart of State the United States of America surrounding an eacgle with a shield clutching a branch and some arrows Each year, the Secretary of State releases the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. These reports thoroughly illustrate the human rights issues each country in the world is facing, and address the many injustices occurring across the globe. USICD specifically compiles the disability rights issues from these annual reports into a  concise and comprehensive document, to provide a clear lens into the complex and ongoing efforts surrounding disability rights around the world. This year, the 2012 report demonstrates the array of advancements and difficulties each country faces, so as to explicate the current state of international disability rights.


Several of the most significant narratives within this report stem from the vast political movements that have arisen this past year. The Arab Spring has led to historic elections in countries like Egypt and Libya, abusive governments have greatly impacted the progress of nations like Iran and North Korea, and a new country, South Sudan, has been established in the aftermath of a political divide. Taken together, these changes represent our changing global environment and illustrate what the report dictates is a "shrinking space for civil society activism."


While many countries are increasing their efforts to create a more accessible and inclusive environment for their citizens with disabilities, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is still a long way to go. Even with the strongest of efforts, success necessitates government stability and united activism, neither of which is ever fully guaranteed. In these ways, we look to the 2012 Report as a guide to the multitude of issues each country is facing, to gain a greater understanding for and context of the current state of their disability rights efforts.


To read the 2012 human rights reports, CLICK HERE.  Stay tuned for USICD's 2012 compilation of disability references in the reports!

International Disability News
  • A large group of people, some in wheelchairs, cluster around a large red banner that says New World Bank Campaign: The Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union and the Bank Information Center are joining forces to create the Disability and World Bank Safeguards Campaign. The Campaign aims to make the World Bank's policies and project designs more inclusive of the rights and vulnerability of people with disabilities in the developing countries where the World Bank is most involved. The Campaign will collaborate with like-minded organizations in hopes to guarantee the World Bank's creation of strong and clear safeguards for people with disabilities in its projects to come. READ MORE  
  • Norway ratifies the CRPD! Norway has become the 130th nation to ratify the disability treaty! READ MORE
  • Indigenous people with disabilities cited:The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is meeting for its 12th session May 20-31st in New York. For the first time ever, a report on indigenous people with disabilities will be presented at the event, with a specific focus on the obstacles they face with respect to their human rights and inclusion within society. READ MORE 
  • A large group of children Zimbabwe maintains support systems: The Zimbabwe government has announced they will begin to fund disability grants for its citizens through this June and onwards. Originally, budgetary constraints forced the government to stop these payments in January of 2012. The government has now reinforced its commitment to support all of its citizens with disabilities, with the belief that these individuals should not have to suffer because of their different capabilities.
  • A map of China Call for inclusive education in China: Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on the Chinese government to amend its education legislation to create a more inclusive environment for students with disabilities. While the government made amendments to its 1994 regulations for special education this past February, many barriers still exist that prevent the mainstreaming of children with disabilities into regular schools. HRW is asking the Chinese government to align its laws with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in order to create a more accessible and inclusive environment within regular schools. READ MORE
USICD Welcomes New Staff Member
Eileen Magan and Intern Steven Rodriguez!

A smiling, redheaded woman looks slightly of her right shoulder at the camera. USICD is excited to welcome Eileen Magan as a Program Coordinator within the Disability Rights program. Eileen joins Disability Rights Program Manager Esme Grant working on the CRPD campaign as well as other program priorities.

Eileen Magan came to USICD from The Arc of DC, where she served as a Policy Specialist focusing on special education policy issues in the District of Columbia. 


Eileen has completed two periods of service with the Peace Corps. While serving in Romania, she worked with children with disabilities living in institutions and helped develop educational programs for children with autism. While living in West Africa, Eileen developed the first school library in the rural village of Sibanor, The Gambia, and encouraged its use as a teaching tool. Eileen earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maryland College Park. She has taught special education in both public and charter schools in Washington, DC.


An active volunteer, Eileen serves as Director of the Refugee Assistance Program, which matches recently arrived refugee families with volunteers in the Washington, DC area.  Please welcome Eileen, and feel free to reach her at



Also joining USICD for the summer is intern Steven A. Rodriguez.  Steven is a rising senior and Skadden, Arps honors scholar pursuing a B.A. in International Studies at The City College of New York of The City University of New York (CUNY) and holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Kingsborough Community College. He is aiming for law school next, with a focus on disability law and public policy. 

Before USICD, Steven interned with the National Disability Rights Network where he first had the opportunity to participate in outreach for the CRPD. He has held student leadership roles at CUNY in various capacities, most notably in the CUNY Pathways initiative, a historic reform of the general education framework across CUNY's 26 Colleges & Schools. In 2012, Steven became chairperson of the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities, a not-for-profit, membership, student-led organization dedicated to increase awareness, opportunity and foster community amongst CUNY's more than 9,000 students with disabilities. Please welcome Steven and reach out to him at

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In This Issue
CRPD Community Webinar Available!
New UNICEF Report on Children with Disabilities
Youth in Development Internship Program
CRPD Education Update
Eric Rosenthal to Win Charles Bronfman Prize
Disability and Human Rights Reports 2012
International Disability News
USICD Welcomes New Staff Member and Intern

Member News and Opportunities

The Getting It Right Conference - Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People with Disabilit
Monday, June 3, 2013 - Wednesday, June 5, 2013


M-Enabling Summit 2013: Global Summit on Accessible Mobile Technology for Senior Citizens and Users
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - Friday, June 7, 2013


Down But Not Out: An interview with David Oaks
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Saturday, June 8, 2013


5th International Disability Law Summer School 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013 - Saturday, June 22, 2013


Annual Justice for All Awards and ADA Celebration
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - Tuesday, July 23, 2013


2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Saturday, July 27, 2013 


Opening of Letter of Interest (LOI) Process for 2013 Second Round: Bangladesh and Uganda
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 

New Resource on English Language Learners with Disabilities

June 5, 2013
Source: Impact from University of Minnesota's CIRTCL


Bob Dole's Revealing Fox News Sunday Interview: Veteran, Republican, Proud American (FNC) by Fox News Insider
May 29, 2013
Source: Fox News


66th World Health Assembly adopts resolution calling for better health care for people with disabilities
May 28, 2013
Source: World Health Organization


Support Launch of UNICEF's State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities
May 28, 2013    


Recommendations of Pacific Declaration of the Preparatory Meeting for Pacific Indigenous Peoples on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
May 26, 2013    


The European Disability

Movement Calls for a Social Way Out of the Crisis, Which Includes CRPD
May 26, 2013
Source: European Disability Forum


2013 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Side Event on Disability Inclusiveness
May 22, 2013    


Indigenous persons with disabilities present study to the UNPFII, upon framework of CRPD
May 22, 2013    


Final Report of High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be released on 31 May
May 22, 2013    


UN disability rights body confirms that equal access to banking services should be granted to all
May 21, 2013
Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Op-Ed on CRPD: Measure won't infringe on rights
May 21, 2013
Source: The Tennessean


Towards economic participation: examining the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in India
May 16, 2013
Source: Disability & Society


United Spinal to Honor U.S. Senator John McCain For His Commitment to Strengthen Disability Rights
May 16, 2013
Source: United Spinal Association


Disabilities Prevent Aging Africans from Being Productive
May 15, 2013
Source: Voice of America


DPO's Prepare for Storm "Mahasen" in Bangldesh
May 14, 2013
Source: Young Power in Social Action


IDA & DPI Call on Diability Grassroots to Contribute to the MDG's
April 8, 2013


UNICEF - All-Staff Disability Orientation and Training Video

April 8, 2013
Source: UNICEF


M-Enabling Summit 2013: Global Summit on Accessible Mobile Technology for Senior Citizens and Users
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - Friday, June 7, 2013   


European High Level Exchange jointly organized by IDDC and EDF
Monday, June 10, 2013 - Monday, June 10, 2013   


Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre Cross-Cutting Disability Conference
Monday, June 17, 2013 - Monday, June 17, 2013


CREA's 7th Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice
Saturday, June 22, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013   


Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013


Summer School on Disability & Development in Indonesia
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Thursday, July 25, 2013


International Summer School on Community Based Rehabilitation
Monday, July 29, 2013 - Friday, August 9, 2013


Global Methodist Mission Conference for the Deaf
Monday, August 5, 2013 - Friday, August 9, 2013


International Training Programme on Disability and Inclusive Development
Friday, August 16, 2013 - Thursday, August 22, 2013


Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 10th Session
Monday, September 2, 2013 - Friday, September 13, 2013 


UN High-level Meeting on Disability
Monday, September 23, 2013 - Monday, September 23, 2013


International Congress Autism - Europe 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013


2nd International Conference of the WFD
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Friday, October 18, 2013 

The Next Chapter Book Club and Beyond

Friday, October 18, 2013 - Saturday, October 19, 2013

Disability Consultant
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 opportunity


Policy Officer - Persons with Disabilities
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 opportunity   

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 opportunity   

Nutrition Task Force Mapping Survey
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 opportunity  

Scholarships in Health Equity
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 opportunity 


CALL FOR PAPERS: Disability Research in the Global South: Critical Questions & Methodological Challenges
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 opportunity


Call for Papers for The Disability Experience: State of the Arts in Research, Scholarship and the Arts
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 opportunity  


Call for papers ITC Accessibility in Tunisia
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 opportunity  


International training courses in inclusive and rights based CBR
Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 opportunity

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue: Disability, Asylum and Migration
Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013

CRPD Ratification Watch
As of June 2013
  • 155 Signatories
  • 130 Ratifications
Optional Protocol:
  • 91 Signatories
  • 76 Ratifications
Recent Ratifications:
Norway Ratified the Convention on June 3, 2013

Iraq Ratified the Convention on March 20, 2013

Barbados Ratified the Convention on February 27, 2013

Albania Ratified the Convention on February 11, 2013

Cambodia Ratified the Convention on December 20, 2012

Singapore Signed the Convention on November 30, 2012 
Dominica Ratified the Convention on October 1, 2012

Israel Ratified the Convention on September 28, 2012

Chad Signed the Convention on September 26, 2012

Poland Ratified the Convention on September 25, 2012

Russian Federation Ratified the Convention on September 25, 2012
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