USICD NewsJuly 2013
Reminder: USICD Annual Meeting 2013 on July 25th

USICD Logo We look very forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting for the U.S. International Council on Disabilities on July 25th! We will share updates and the latest plan of action for U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, share the most recent advancements in worldwide disability rights, including through USICD's Global Disability Rights Library project, and have dynamic speakers sharing their perspective from around the globe.  We will also celebrate our first graduating class of the Youth in Development internship.  Please join us for this exciting event!


Thursday, July 25, 2013


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CRPD Education and Advocacy Update
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June has proved to be a very busy month for education and awareness around the disability treaty! USICD along with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the American Association of People with Disabilities held a convening of leaders of the faith community that stand in solidarity behind treaty ratification and A group of people with obviously different religious costumes sit at a conference table. acknowledge its impact the disability community around the world. The convening brought together a range of voices from the Sikh community to the Catholic community who share in the values of supporting the respect and dignity of all people with disabilities.


Three little people, one in a wheelchair and one on crutches, smile at the camera while a man and a woman stoop down in the back row to get in the picture. Also this month USICD's Esmé Grant and Suzanne Richard had the pleasure of educating folks about the treaty at the Little People of America conference in Washington, DC. A guest speaker from Uganda at the conference shared how little people in her country are often devalued and murdered.  Esmé and Susie, a little person herself, shared how the treaty is a guiding light to countries without protections for their citizens with disabilities. LPA members were one of the over 600 dedicated organizations that lent their voice to CRPD ratification last year and have continued to lead on treaty awareness this year with President Gary Arnold leading the way.


USICD's Suzanne Richard and super intern Steven Rodriguez offered a presentation on the treaty to the annual Human Rights on the Hill event at the University of the District of Columbia College of Law. Attendees learned about the disability treaty and its relationship to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.


USICD staff was also pleased to be part of the crowd in June applauding Senator McCain who was honored for his leadership of the CRPD by VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association.


Have you noticed the treaty in the news lately? We have! Disability leaders from around the country are weighing in:

The sixth session of the Conference of States Parties is right around the corner! Due to the high level meeting on disability this September, the COSP is set for July 17-19. USICD staff looks forward to reporting back the latest on the conference events!

USICD's Compilation of Disability References in 2012 Human Rights Reports Released

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 The State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released annually, represent the culmination of the U.S. State Department's review of the human rights records and situation in 194 countries around the world. The reports are a supplied to Congress in accordance with law to assist in matters of foreign affairs. USICD has consolidated the disability references from the 194 Country Reports into a comprehensive document, which you can find  here.

Youth in Development Internship Program
A group of people sit arounf a conference table where an ASL interpreter and  CART screen assist a speaker who is addressing the group. Last month, Youth in Development (YiD) and AAPD interns met with Rosangela Berman-Bieler from UNICEF, along with representatives of UNICEF USA, and engaged in a learning dialogue around the issue of children and youth with disabilities around the world.  You can also read UNICEF's call for U.S. ratification of the CRPD here.

Postponed because of a storm, but still to come, this year's cohorts will meet with Judy Heumann of the State Department and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo of USAID to discuss the role of accessibility in U.S. Foreign Affairs and Assistance.
A Former USICD Fellow Continues Great Work in Nepal and A Former Intern is Published 
A gentleman of Nepalese decent stands at a podium speaking with one hand gesturing to the side Padam Pariyar was a Community Solutions Program Fellow thru IREX at USICD from August to Decemeber 2012.  He writes:

After completion of my 4 months long fellowship in US International Council on Disabilities (USICDI) in 2012, I joined International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Nepal in the capacity of Disability Project Coordinator this March. IFES Nepal with grant support from USICD is implementing the project "Developing Leadership and Increasing Electoral Participation of the Persons with Disabilities in Nepal" in partnership with National Federation of the Disabled Nepal. The 2 years long project aims to develop leadership and advocacy skills of DPOs, create awareness in community and increase participation of persons with disabilities and their associations in electoral process. The project has already prepared the list of project guiding documents through support mission from IFES, DC for the effective and timely start up of the project. Besides this, I have been supporting the project partners to prepare their project implementation plan, selection of project staffs and working site and Training of Trainers for the project staffs. My working experience and guidance received from entire USICD colleagues particularly from David to design and finalize my Follow on Project was very helpful to take up my role in this project. I thank USICD for giving me such wonderful learning opportunities for my professional development. I believe the project actions will be successful to promote the political rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities and DPOs in electoral process in the upcoming Constituent Assembly election and in the future.


Julia Wolhandler interned with USICD in 2012 as a part of Gallaudet's International Development Program and is currently working with the International Disability and Development Consortium in Brussels.  We are proud to announce that she recently authored the section The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the larger CIVICUS report "State of Civil Society 2013".
International Disability News
  • A yellow x that seperates two green triangles on the top and bottom and two black triagles on the sides Well done, Floyd Morris:  The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is proud to celebrate with Senator Floyd Emerson Morris, a person with a disability, on his recent election as president of the Jamaican Senate. Morris was a key advocate for having Jamaica become the first ratification of the CRPD. READ MORE 
  • A white plus sign on a red background Swiss Closer to Ratifying Disabilities Convention: The National Council has voted in favor of Switzerland adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It was approved by 119 votes to 68 at the close of the current parliamentary session. The matter has now passed to the Council of States for debate.READ MORE 
  • A world map surrounded by a laurel leaf in white on a blue background U.S. signs World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty: Negotiators at a United Nations-backed forum in Marrakesh adopted a landmark copyright treaty to enhance access to books for millions of people who are blind or visually impaired. The treaty, approved after more than a week of intense debate among negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is the culmination of years of work on improving access for the blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled persons to published works in formats such as Braille, large print text and audio books. READ MORE 
  • A mosly red flag with a green stripe on the bottom and a vertical band on the flagpole side that is white with red embroidered x's and hearts Belarus PWDs Struggle for Rights: In May, Belarusian disability rights activists held a "Week of Accessibility." According to the organizers, without the creation of an accessible infrastructure for disabled people no one can talk about equality in Belarusian society. Belarus remains the only country in Europe that has not acceded to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. People with disabilities remain marginalized in Belarus, with only 14% of working-age people with disabilities employed. READ MORE

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In This Issue
Reminder: USICD Annual Meeting 2013
CRPD Education and Advocacy Update
USICD's Compilation of Disability References in 2012 Human Rights Reports Released
Youth in Development Internship Program
Notes from the Field
International Disability News

Member News and Opportunities

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Thursday, July 18, 2013


Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - Tuesday, July 23, 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  


Accountant for CBMI (part-time position (10-15h/week)
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 opportunity


Requests for Contract Proposals (RFP's) in Arts, Education and Disability Programs 

Posted: Friday, June 14, 201opportunity

EveryBody: An Artifact History ot Disability in America 

July 10, 2013

Source: Smithsonian Institute


A Deeper Silence: The Unheard Experiences of Women with DisabilitiesĀ 
July 10, 2013
Source: UNFPA


Voice of the People
July 10, 2013
Source: Chicago Tribune


Letter, 7/7: Support disability conventionĀ 

July 7, 2013


Time for international independence for people with disabilities

July 3, 2013
Source: St. Louis Beacon


A Call to Action: Help the U.S. Join Global Dignity Revolution
July 3, 2013
Source: The World of Special Olympics


Tony Coelho on Disability Matters Celebrating ADA and Advocating CRPD Ratification
July 2, 2013
Source: Diability Matters


Help Needed Now for People with Disabilities Worldwide: UN Disability Treaty
July 2, 2013


US Makes Good on Supporting Landmark Treaty for People who are Blind
July 1, 2013
Source: The White House Blog


A Brief Look into the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
June 27, 2013
Source: Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilites


NCIL calls on everyone to Support the CRPD
June 26, 2013
Source: The Advocacy Monitor


IDA Disability Rights Bulletin (June 2013)
June 24, 2013
Source: International Disability Alliance


United Spinal's Roll on Capitol Hill Unites Pwd's to Shape Policy
June 21, 2013


Swiss closer to disabilities convention
June 21, 2013
Source: World Radio Switzerland


Jessica Cox Video Supporting CRPD Ratification
June 19, 2013 


Bangkok Recommendations for disability-inclusiveness
June 12, 2013
Source: Thailand The Nation


If You Were Blind, Could You Read This?
June 11, 2013
Source: American Constitution Society Blog


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 



Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Thursday, September 12, 2013


Monday, September 16, 2013 - Thursday, September 19, 2013



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


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Tuesday, September 24, 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

Indigenous Fellowship
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 opportunity


Fundraising Consultancy
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 opportunity


Vietnamese research assistantĀ 
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 opportunity


research assistant from a Canadian university 
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 opportunity


Research Fellow for Project; Overcoming the Exclusion of People with Disabilities from Disaster Management (Indonesia)
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 opportunity


Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 opportunity


Nominations of both Innovative Practice and Innovative Policy that address the issue of accessibility and persons with disabilities
Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 opportunity


Child Rights Officer
Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 opportunity


Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 opportunity


UNICEF Viet Nam is seeking specialists to conduct for ā€œStudy on the readiness for education of children with disabilities in eight provinces
Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 opportunity


Inclusion Program Associate
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 opportunity


Disability Consultant
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 opportunity


CRPD Ratification Watch
As of June 2013
  • 155 Signatories
  • 130 Ratifications
Optional Protocol:
  • 91 Signatories
  • 76 Ratifications
Recent Ratifications:
Palau Ratified the Convention on June 11, 2013

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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