“The Time to Start is Now”: PFP-IDE Alumnus Brian Malika on Good Jobs for Disabled Workers


Brian Malika, social worker, counselor, and Fall 2018 PFP-IDE alumnus, offers his perspective on why efforts to resolve chronic education and employment barriers often fail to include persons with disabilities and what steps must be taken immediately to make a difference. In an commentary for the Czech think tank Project Syndicate, Brian lays out an … Continue reading “The Time to Start is Now”: PFP-IDE Alumnus Brian Malika on Good Jobs for Disabled Workers

PFP-IDE Alumnus Gamariel Mboya Becomes Mentor to Obama Foundation Africa Leaders


“The journey to making a difference and solving critical problems in our societies is grounded in having a foundation of good leadership with tools and skills that enable one to make an impact and inspire others to be agents of change” says Gamariel Mboya, Spring 2019 PFP-IDE alumnus from Tanzania.  Gamariel was recently selected by … Continue reading PFP-IDE Alumnus Gamariel Mboya Becomes Mentor to Obama Foundation Africa Leaders

Interview with Maria Omare: Spring 2017 Fellow & Alumni Impact Award Winner


Maria Omare, alumna of the Spring 2017 ADA International Fellowship cohort, became the first African woman to win the Professional Fellows Program Alumni Award in May 2019. Maria is the founder and CEO of the Action Foundation, which supports children wtih disabilities and families in Kenya, and has gained acclaim as one of Kenya’s most … Continue reading Interview with Maria Omare: Spring 2017 Fellow & Alumni Impact Award Winner

World Refugee Day: A Journey to Inclusive Employment


To commemorate World Refugee Day, PFP-IDE alumnus Stephen Areba shares how applying his Fellowship skills from the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) helps individuals with disabilities in Dadaab Refugee Camp find a path to inclusive employment. Located in eastern Kenya, Dadaab is the world’s third largest refugee camp and houses more than 200,000 … Continue reading World Refugee Day: A Journey to Inclusive Employment

International Albinism Awareness Day: Still Standing Strong


To celebrate International Albinism Awareness Day on June 13, three PFP-IDE alumni with albinism – Peter Ogik from Uganda, and Gamariel Mboya and Isack Idama from Tanzania, reflect on their personal experiences, how they promote albinism self-advocacy, and why inclusive education and employment are especially important to persons with albinism in Africa. Peter Ogik: Changing … Continue reading International Albinism Awareness Day: Still Standing Strong

Promoting Transition in Tanzania: Encouraging Internships for Students with Disabilities


In this month’s PFP-IDE alumni blog, U.S. Outbound Fellow Dr. Margo Izzo talks about her partnership with Fall 2018 Professional Fellow Gwaliwa Mashaka at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and promoting inclusive employment in Tanzania. Hosting a Professional Fellow (PFP-IDE) I was excited to have the opportunity to host Gwaliwa Mashaka, a Fall 2018 … Continue reading Promoting Transition in Tanzania: Encouraging Internships for Students with Disabilities