The USICD Board of Directors and staff are happy to announce that 2017 will be USICD's 25th Anniversary!
USICD was incorporated as the United States Council for International Rehabilitation in 1992, and became the USICD we know today in 2002. From our beginning and continuing today, we remain the U.S. member in both Rehabilitation International and Disabled Peoples' International, and our membership continues to include the leading disability organizations and visionary advocates in the U.S. today. We have grown over the years from a small, volunteer driven organization to one with a staff, office, a diversity of programs, and a global network of colleagues and partners.
In 2009 when USICD launched a campaign for United States signature and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), you answered the call to action. When President Obama ordered his ambassador to the United Nations to sign the CRPD in 2009, we celebrated together. And when we lost our only vote yet for ratification in the Senate in 2012 by 5 votes, you stood up, louder and stronger than ever. Our community is amazing and USICD is eternally grateful to all those who volunteered their time and resources to the CRPD effort. One day we will prevail. And USICD will need you with us.
Please take a moment to read this newsletter full of information, our most recent Annual Report, or our website's page introducing you to our Board of Directors. Together with you, we are committed to action and advocacy on disability rights for the one billion persons with disabilities in the world. Your role in USICD as member, supporter, and friend is vital to our work today and our reach . We hope you will be a part of the future by joining USICD today!
SOURCE: Press Release