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Mobility USA

November 12th 2008

Looking for a truly life-changing continuing education opp and just didn’t know where to look? Check out http://www.miusa.org. Mobility International serves a wide cross-section of disabilities and their “mission statement” pretty much says it all;

Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

MIUSA has served as the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and managed by MIUSA since 1995.

Goals:

– inform/educate people with disabilities and related organizations about international exchange opps;

– increase participation in international volunteer, study, work and research programs;

– assist with international exchange organizations with ADA information and develop partnerships with everyone involved.

MIUSA Exchange Program will take you out of this world – well out of the country anyway – for 2-4 weeks.

Choose from80 countries; Live with a home stay family, attend leadership seminars, disability rights workshops, cross-cultural learning, participate in team building exercises like river rafting; develop strategies to change or enhance your life and your community. Special programs are available for all ages and backgrounds.

The International Development and Disability organization focuses their attention on getting everyone involved at all levels including development, beneficiaries, volunteers, trainers, field staff, make policies, use your admin skills or offer technical assistance in any one of 160 organizations world-wide.

Empowerment of women, equal opps and human rights for women and girls with disabilities around the world are the main goals of Women, Disability and Development.

Lastly, there is always an opportunity to volunteer be an intern assisting in virtually every area!

What a perfect excuse to take a trip! Continuing education at it’s best!

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Winter Fun for People with Disabilities

January 23rd 2008

Summer is often thought of as the favorite season, but many children and adults look forward to the winter months of December – March. People enjoy winter because of the range of outdoor activities offered such as skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowboarding. Individuals appreciate these outdoor activities because they are a way to spend time with friends and family while being outdoors doing something they love.

People with limited mobility and disabled individuals find it frustrating because they would like to participate in these sports however their ability to do so is hindered by their disability. There are numerous facilities across the country offering programs making it easier for people with accessibility requirements to participate in outdoor activities. The goal of these programs is to instruct the physically impaired to accomplish the activity independently with their friends and family. Instructors teach adaptive techniques for family and friends so they can assist the disabled person if needed.

These programs allow people with disabilities to be involved in outdoor activities in a safe and enjoyable environment. Teachers work through the physical, emotional, and financial barriers that restrict people with disabilities and special needs from participating in life-enhancing outdoor recreation programs. To best suit individual needs instructors work one-on-one with each individual and their family to provide a program that best suits their needs.

For more information on programs for individuals with disabilities visit:

www.dmoz.org/Sports/Winter_Sports/Skiing/Disabled
www.coloradodiscoverability.org/winter
www.skicentral.com
www.ernalow

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