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Promoting American Interests through International Disability Rights: Recommendations for the New Congress

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

y now you should have received the invitation below for a panel hosted by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the United States (U.S.) International Council on Disabilities (USICD):

“Promoting American Interests through International Disability Rights:
Recommendations for the New Congress"
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Congressional Meeting Room North (CVC-268)
RSVP to: esidell@ifes.org

IFES President and CEO Anthony Banbury and Congresswoman Dina Titus will provide remarks. The event will be moderated by IFES Inclusion Advisor Virginia Atkinson. Panelists include:

  • Judith Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate

  • Isabel Hodge, Executive Director, USICD

  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group

Panelists will discuss how the 116th Congress can leverage American policy and leadership to promote disability rights worldwide. Panelists will provide an overview of current research on U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department policies and the impact of these policies on disability inclusion in development. Good practice examples, which highlight how U.S. Government leadership can successfully strengthen disability rights around the world, will be discussed.

The event will also highlight the role of the office of the special advisor for international disability for the Department of State has played in promoting disability rights worldwide through its work with U.S. embassies. In addition, the panel will explore transferable lessons learned from the World Bank’s new disability framework.

Join us as we hear from practitioners and advocates on how to promote international disability rights, ensure democracies are inclusive, and why these issues should be considered by U.S. policymakers.