September 2014
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USICD 2014 Annual Meeting


USICD's Annual Meeting in 2013

USICD is excited to announce that the 2014 Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Eastern Time in Washington, DC.  Please join us in this annual opportunity to network with fellow members and guests, hear about the organization's work over the past year, and share your own updates. 


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Rehabilitation International Newsletter
Rehabilitation International released their July 2014 report last month, you can check it out here. It focuses on upcoming
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RI meetings, updates on international CRPD ratification,
and other resources.  
USICD Receives State Department Grant, in partnership with MIUSA, DREDF and IFES
USICD joins three leading U.S. organizations in announcing the partnership has received funding from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. Department of State to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of disability rights legislation and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at national and local levels in Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam. 
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USICD will be working alongside Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a disability-led organization founded in 1981 dedicated 
to advancing leadership and disability rights globally, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), a disability-led, organization at the forefront of U.S. disability civil rights law and policy and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), a global leader in democracy promotion and good governance.
You can read more here.
International Disability News
  • The city administration is planning to give a significantly higher percentage of jobs opening this year to people with a physical disability.

  • Pakistan Losing Billions to Disability Failures

    Pakistan could be losing 6.3% of its GDP due to the exclusion of persons with disabilities.
  • Lack of access to UK attractions criticized: 

    A recent survey, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, found that nearly two thirds of the UK's top attractions were not fully accessible for wheelchair users.

  • Let the Children Speak
    Some 50 individuals and representatives from non-governmental organisations from around Malaysia gathered together to form the first-ever informal group to champion the cause of children with disabilities.
USICD's Global Disability Rights Library
 in the News!

Last month, Borgen Magazine profiled the Global Disability Rights Library as an innovative method for spreading knowledge on how to build a successful disability rights movement.  You can read more here.
USICD President joins NCIL and ADAPT in presenting gift to Senator Harkin

USICD President Marca Bristo joins representatives from NCIL and ADAPT in presenting a painting to Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa honoring his life-long work supporting disability rights.
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In This Issue
Top CRPD News Stories
USICD Annual Meeting
Rehabilitation International Newsletter
USICD Receives State Department Grant alongside MIUSA, DREDF and IFES
International Disability News
USICD President Presents Gift to Senator Harkin
GDRL in the News!

Events and Opportunities


Monday, September 15, 2014 - Friday, October 3, 2014

Ever Widening Circle and Annual Disability Policy Summit 

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Thursday, October 9, 2014


Africa Forum Details Announced!
Friday, October 10, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014


Destinations for All. A World Summit
Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 



Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Employment
Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014 



Disability Rights Fund Releases Second 2014 Request for Proposals: Bangladesh, Pacific Island Countries, Rwanda, Uganda, and Peru
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 



Buckfire and Buckfire, P.C. 2014 Disability Scholarship
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014



CRPD Ratification Watch
As of September 2014:
  • 158 Signatories
  • 150 Ratifications
Optional Protocol:
  • 92 Signatories
  • 84 Ratifications
Recent Ratifications:
Guyana Ratified the Convention on September 10, 2014

Republic of the Congo Ratified the Convention on September 2, 2014

Grenada Ratified the Convention on August 27, 2014

Burundi Ratified the Convention on May 22, 2014

Angola Ratified the Convention on April 19, 2014

Switzerland Ratified the Convention on April 15, 2014
Palestine Ratified the Convention on April 2, 2014 
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Lex Frieden- Vice President

David Hutt - Treasurer

Glen White - Secretary

John Lancaster - Past President

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Jill Houghton

Axel Leblois

Barbara LeRoy

Susan Mazrui

Patricia Morrissey

David Oaks

Stephanie Ortoleva

Jeff Rosen

Eric Rosenthal

Randy Rutta

Diana Samarasan

Betsy Valnes

Aubrey Webson

Tom Zampieri


Government Representatives

David Baquis (US Access Board)

Joan Durocher (NCD)

Meredith DeDonna (ODEP)

MarcieRoth (FEMA)

Sue Swenson (OSERS)

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