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

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

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

Maria Omare, Spring 2017 ADA Fellow, Selected as Winner of Alumni Engagement Award


  Maria Omare, alumna of the ADA International Fellowship Program’s Spring 2017 Cohort, has been selected for the prestigious Alumni Impact Award (AIA) by the Professional Fellows Division of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The Alumni Impact Award recognizes exceptional contributions made by Professional Fellows Program (PFP) alumni to their communities and … Continue reading Maria Omare, Spring 2017 ADA Fellow, Selected as Winner of Alumni Engagement Award

Promoting Future Leaders: Brian Malika on Inclusion in the U.S. and Empowering Women with Disabilities in Kenya


Brian Malika is a Fall 2018 PFP-IDE alumnus, journalist and advocate for disability rights, women’s rights, and mental health. In our monthly blog, he reflects on what he learned about empowerment and inclusion in the U.S., and how he is applying that to communities in Kenya. I spent six weeks outside my country Kenya in … Continue reading Promoting Future Leaders: Brian Malika on Inclusion in the U.S. and Empowering Women with Disabilities in Kenya

ADA Program Case Studies Highlight Past Fellows’ Inclusive Education Projects


The ADA International Fellowship Program ran for two cohorts (Spring and Fall of 2017) prior to the conception of the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment. This fellowship program honored Senators Robert Dole’s and Thomas Harkin’s work in disability rights, education, and inclusion through sponsorship of fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, and Peru in … Continue reading ADA Program Case Studies Highlight Past Fellows’ Inclusive Education Projects