Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Professional Fellows Division, this program supports 20 mid-career professionals from Brazil, Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania, selected through a competitive process, to participate in a five-week intensive fellowship program at a university-based research and education center for disabilities in the U.S. The program is focused on inclusive education and seeks to strengthen education access for people with disabilities globally.
Welcome to the ADA International Fellowship Program
The ADA International Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Professional Fellows Division and administered by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston (ICI).
AUCD and ICI envision a future in which all people, including those living with developmental and other disabilities, are fully included, participating members of their communities. We seek equitable access to supports and services that reflect the preferences and values of diverse communities and that lead to self-determination, independence, productivity, and a healthy and satisfying quality of life.
Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, co-sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), speaks about the ADA International Fellowship Program and inclusive education.
See the September 1, 2016 News Release from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner regarding the importance of inclusive education for all people, including persons with disabilities. Read more about the United Nation’s news release on OSERS Blog.
This 2016 Report to the General Assembly by UN Special Rapporteur for Disability Rights Catalina Devandas-Aguilar addresses disability-inclusive policies. Read the full report and an easy-to-read version.