ADA-PFP Alum Maria Omare Wins UN Disability Innovation Challenge


AUCD Professional Fellows alumna Maria Omare from Nairobi, Kenya, has won a grant from the the UNDP Disability Innovation Challenge for her leadership of the Somesha Stories Project, a platform that delivers accessible media and stories for children that promote inclusive education and early literacy in both English and Swahili. The Somesha Stories Project enables children, … Continue reading ADA-PFP Alum Maria Omare Wins UN Disability Innovation Challenge

COVID-19: Promoting Inclusive Response in Tanzania


As COVID-19 continues, it remains more important than ever to ensure that public health information and emergency relief materials are delivered in an inclusive and accessible manner. In Tanzania, Isack Idama has worked extensively to share COVID-19 knowledge with the disability community and educated disability rights advocates and government officials on how to ensure COVID … Continue reading COVID-19: Promoting Inclusive Response in Tanzania

PFP-IDE Fellow Joel Kawanguzi in Illinois


My name is Joel Kawanguzi, and I was a visiting PFP-IDE Fellow from Uganda. I was hosted at the University of Illinois Chicago Institute on Disability and Human Development (UIC IDHD), where I was under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Gould and Dr. Tamar Heller. Thanks to my hosts Dr. Gould, Dr. Heller and Kaitlin Stober (and Dr. Heller’s family) for helping … Continue reading PFP-IDE Fellow Joel Kawanguzi in Illinois

PFP-IDE Fellow Archy Gomba at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa City


I am Archy Gomba, the AUCD international fellow at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa’s UCEDD in Iowa City, Iowa. Life in Iowa is incredible, and I am super excited to be here! I began my first week at the Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), with a welcome reception and orientation. I … Continue reading PFP-IDE Fellow Archy Gomba at the Center for Disabilities and Development, Iowa City

PFP-IDE Fellow Elizabeth Mang’eni in Vermont: Life’s Not So Bad on the Other Side


I have always had a fear of the unknown, especially when I thought about why I should stay in my hometown and not even leave my country.  I know it’s because of the reliable relationship in the community that allowed me independence. I knew everyone at the shopping center where I got most of my … Continue reading PFP-IDE Fellow Elizabeth Mang’eni in Vermont: Life’s Not So Bad on the Other Side

PFP-IDE Fellow Bijal Lal in Ohio: Learning Transition Tools and Creating New Opportunities


My life as a Fellow at the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University has been an incredible eye-opener. It is inspiring to see how diversity is embraced at every level. From early childhood, measures are set to provide the best accommodations and services to ensure every individual’s success. I have learned about many initiatives that … Continue reading PFP-IDE Fellow Bijal Lal in Ohio: Learning Transition Tools and Creating New Opportunities