Each year, a new cohort of disability rights professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia travels to the US to participate in a five-week Fellowship Program on inclusive civic engagement. Each Fellow writes a blog about their experiences during the Fellowship. US Hosts have the option to travel to Fellows’ home countries for a two-week technical assistance trip, providing additional support. These Outbound Fellows also contribute a blog post about their experiences and the impact of their work abroad. We invite you to read about our Fellows, learn more, and consider getting involved with PFP.
The 35th International Epilepsy Congress (IEC), a biannual event hosted by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy, brings together epilepsy advocates from around the globe. This year it was attended by two Fellows Fall 2022 Fellow FIdes Uiso and Spring 2023 Fellow Nina Mago. They share their experience at the Congress in this blog contribution
The PFP program was featured twice at this year’s annual national conference of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), held from November 5–8, 2023, in Washington, DC. This event provided a valuable opportunity to spotlight the achievements of the PFP program and its participants. PFP Staff discuss the experience in this blog.
Between July and August 2023, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson, Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), conducted a fully virtual Outbound Fellowship. The purpose was to provide technical assistance to her colleague Harunah Damba and his team at United Persons with Disabilities (UPWD) Uganda for a project focused on increasing the employability of graduates with disabilities.
Dr. Megan Roberts is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where she directs the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. In July 2023, Megan embarked to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a US Outbound Fellow. The purpose of her trip was to provide technical assistance to her colleague, Fides Uiso, with expanding outreach and awareness about epilepsy and disability more broadly throughout Tanzania and promoting greater community inclusion.
Rashid Kalule is a 2023 Fellow in the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement. This program is sponsored by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion (HI). The following blog post was written by guest author Rashid Kalule.
My name is Teopista Nannyanzi. I am a disability rights advocate working with the Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANPPD), an organization advocating for the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities across the African continent. I also offer technical support to organizations targeting mental health advocacy in my country, Uganda.