International Disability Connect 2011: Join in Today!

International Disability Connect Virtual Gathering
Connect, Collaborate...Challenge, Change!

In honor of Mobility International USA (MIUSA)'s 30th Anniversary and the 2011 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, you are invited to join us and other disability organizations from around the world onDecember 1, 2011 for this online gathering!

What
International Disability Connect 2011 is a free, 24-hour, virtual gathering bringing together people with disabilities with international exchange experience, MIUSA exchange alumni, and disability organizations worldwide for interactive discussions on specific topics. The goal? To Connect, Collaborate...Challenge, Change!

All that is needed to participate is Internet access; the event is fully accessible online. Conversations will be held in English, but Google Translate will be available for those who need it to translate into their language--Spanish, Arabic, Russian, French, etc.

Topics may include:

  • How to study abroad including funding opportunities
  • Coming to the U.S. for school or professional work
  • Expanding professional development and capacity building opportunities for people with disabilities and grassroots disability organizations in the U.S. and throughout the world
  • How to network with international disability organizations
  • Ways to become a citizen diplomat or encourage civic participation
  • Disability inclusion topics specific to your region, country, and/or community

Who
The virtual gathering is free and open to the public. These audiences are especially encouraged to participate:

  • Member or staff of an international Disabled Peoples' Organization (DPO) or other disability organization in any country around the world
  • MIUSA international exchange program alumni from the past 30 years from all around the world
  • Person with a disability who participated in an international exchange program
  • A passionate disabled activist or disability rights ally
  • International exchange professional interested in outreach to the disability community

When
December 1, 2011 starting at 5:00 am (U.S. Pacific Standard Time PST) and ending on December 2, 2011 at 5:00 am (U.S. Pacific Standard Time PST). Check what time that is for you.

The forum will be open the entire 24 hour period with scheduled topics of discussion or regional chats at specific times.

Where
At http://disabilityconnect2011.ning.com! The entire gathering will be held virtually. Anyone in any part of the world can join the discussion with limited internet requirements.

How
Visit the International Disability Connect 2011 website and sign up using the box in the upper right hand corner. Once you are signed up, we ask that you complete your profile and post an introduction in the "Introduce Yourself" discussion forum.

If you are having any trouble signing up for the International Disability Connect 2011 network, please email clearinghouse@miusa.org and we can assist.

Invite Others!
Share news of this event with everyone you know who this relates to and may be interested! Use this information directly, or use the International Disability Connect 2011 "Invite" tab to automatically invite relevant participants.

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