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Graduate School USA Welcomes International Disabilities Rights Professionals

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Posted on Mar 25, 2016

From March 26 through April 16, Graduate School USA’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) team will conduct the U.S. Department of State Multi-Regional project “Access for All: Enhancing the Lives of People with Disabilities.” The 21 project participants, who represent twenty countries, include disability rights activists, government officials, educators, and other professionals working to better the lives of people with disabilities. The group will visit Washington, DC; Baltimore; Burlington, Vermont; Chicago; and San Francisco.

The project will examine how, since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, the United States has led changes that allow the disabled to participate more fully in economic and civic life. Participants will have opportunities to learn about: the history of efforts to ensure rights of people with disabilities in the U.S.; innovations in design and construction that assist individuals in overcoming barriers that prevent full participation in community life; effective advocacy for increased access and institutional capacity to serve disabled individuals; health, educational, and social support services for the disabled; and U.S. disability rights laws and their enforcement. To explore these topics, the group will visit centers for independent living, schools, and universities, as well as sports, arts, government, and local community facilities.

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