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 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

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