SIT Graduate Institute Intensive Field Courses

International Policy and Citizen Advocacy: Disability Rights
: Washington, DC
Dates: April 1–5, 2013
Credits: 1
Professor: Charles Curry-Smithson

This is an historic moment in the global disability rights movement. Many countries, including the US, are currently engaged in the process of ratifying the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and developing its international operations.

This intensive one-week, experience-based course provides students with a real-life, practical understanding of how public policy on global disability rights is formulated, implemented, and enforced, and how citizens can influence the policy process. The course will include:

  • Visits to government offices and advocacy organizations to dialog with key officials and advocacy professionals
  • Classroom lectures, student presentations, readings, and debriefing sessions to share lessons learned
  • An individual lobbying visit with a government official

Cost: $150 administrative fee, plus approximately $150 out-of-pocket for local transportation and meals.

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