4th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability

Date posted: 
18 January 2008

Mobility International USA's (MIUSA)

4th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) August 12 - September 2, 2008 Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.


Application deadline: FRIDAY APRIL 4, 2008
Generous scholarships available.
American Sign Language interpretation*

MIUSA is currently accepting applications from emerging and established women leaders with disabilities who are:

  • From Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania/Pacific
  • First time visitors to the USA and have NOT participated in a MIUSA WILD program
  • From an organization led by and for people with disabilities, or by and for women, with particular attention to issues of women and girls with disabilities; or employed in a business or program committed to inclusion of women and girls with disabilities **Women with disabilities who are from rural areas and/or indigenous backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply** Generous scholarships are available for this program.

The WILD program will include workshops, site visits and practical activities on priority issues for women with disabilities, including:

  • Leadership for economic empowerment, including employment policy, legislation, private sector partnerships and coalition building
  • Educational rights and opportunities including specialized and inclusive schools, policy and legal rights, services and accommodations for accessibility
  • Career planning and higher education, including policies and support systems for women and girls with disabilities
  • Employment strategies for women with disabilities including training models, supported employment, microenterprise, private sector partnerships, career mentorship and skill-building
  • Health and family issues including parenting, health care and violence prevention
  • Accessible transportation and communities including policy and implementation, public advocacy, model transport systems, solutions for accessibility
  • Using the media and coalition building
  • Organizational development and sustainability, including funding resources and strategies, and fostering partnerships with community organizations and businesses
  • Cultural, team-building and community service experiences
  • Goals and action plans to strengthen collaborative relationships with other organizations and/or businesses and to implement plans for the employment of women with disabilities locally, regionally or internationally

The official languages of WILD are English and American Sign Language (ASL). However, some language translation may be provided during formal program workshops and activities only. Specific languages (e.g. Arabic, French, Russian, and/or Spanish) will be determined based on need and availability of resources.

Materials in alternative formats will be provided. Other disability-related accessibility arrangements will be negotiated to ensure full participation of all program participants.

APPLY EARLY!  Limited space available!

Application deadline is April 4, 2008. Late applications will be accepted as space permits.  Application materials are available in alternative formats upon request.

Applications in Arabic, English and Spanish can be downloaded at http://www.miusa.org/miusa-exchange-programs/WILD2008/index_html or requested via e-mail at: [email protected]

Since 1981, MIUSA has been pioneering short-term international exchange programs for people with and without disabilities from over 90 countries. As a non-profit organization, MIUSA is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.