New Project Pioneers Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Globally


September 2014
CONTACT: Cindy Lewis
Telephone: (510) 842-3263

Eugene, Oregon, USA: Mobility International USA (MIUSA), in partnership with three leading U.S. organizations, is proud to announce it 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 (UNCRPD) at national and local levels in Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam.

The RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities project will develop tools, training, resources, and networks of disability leaders to advance the rights of people with disabilities through effective implementation and enforcement of legislation. MIUSA is honored to administer the project with a U.S. consortium of partners: the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), a disability-led, organization at the forefront of U.S. disability civil rights law and policy, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), a global leader in democracy promotion and good governance, and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD), a disability–led organization committed to advocacy and action to promote the global disability rights agenda.

This Consortium will provide technical assistance to civil society and governments focusing on sharing the U.S. experience including development, implementation and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other relevant legislation. Working in partnership with local disabled people’s organizations, the project will engage all segments of societies to promote sustainable change.

Mobility International USA is a disability–led organization founded in 1981 dedicated to advancing leadership and disability rights globally.