World Learning and Mobility International USA Establish Formal Linkage to Advance Disability-Focused Inclusion

World Learning and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create stronger linkages for global programs around disability inclusion and to advance the capabilities of both organizations to empower people with disabilities and achieve their human rights through international development, education and exchange.

“We are very excited about this new partnership and its potential to scale up concrete programs to build more disability inclusion in, for example, academic exchanges,” said Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning. “We can greatly expand the number of students with disabilities in our high school, undergraduate and graduate programs.”

“We are thrilled to work with World Learning and to see their leadership in infusing a disability rights perspective in all aspects of their programs. I believe this new partnership will enhance opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the world,” said Susan Sygall, CEO of MIUSA.

A detailed working plan is to be formed between the two organizations to carry out new activities and proposals to expand access and local capacity.

World Learning is making robust advances in the area of disability inclusion by working with experts in the United States and around the world to recruit more people with disabilities as staff and program participants, to provide programs that serve the disability community and to be a voice for inclusion. World Learning provides comprehensive organizational capacity building to local disabled person’s organizations in places such as Algeria, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Burma. It is part of an international task force and holds public events on the issue. The organization is also working to revise monitoring and evaluation surveys to be more universally accessible.

A disability-led organization, MIUSA brings over 30 years of experience in advancing disability rights and leadership globally. MIUSA has an international network of disability rights activists in over 110 countries and is a leader in empowering women with disabilities. MIUSA is looking forward to sharing its unique expertise in inclusive exchange and development with World Learning.

Posted by: on February 21, 2014