Professional Fellows Alumni Webinar: Creating Sustainable U.S. - East Africa Partnerships for Disability Inclusion


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Thursday, May 27, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Meeting

Webinar Description:

AUCD, ICI-UMass Boston, and Humanity & Inclusion (HI) invite you to join a Professional Fellows alumni webinar on how university centers, DPOs, and other disability rights groups in the United States and East Africa can create independent, sustainable partnerships that promote inclusive employment and education in lasting ways.

By interacting with a panel of U.S. and Professional Fellows alumni, attendees will learn:

  • How UCEDD and LEND can connect with universities in East Africa to exchange inclusive practices and boost their international profile. 
  • How to create professional development opportunities and low-cost trainings that let LEND trainees and staff engage internationally during the pandemic.  
  • How to exchange knowledge on transition, inclusive education, and inclusive employment with teachers and service providers in developing countries remotely.


  • Dr. Martin Blair, Executive Director, University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
  • Dr. Margo Izzo, Transition Services Director, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Dr. Macdonald Metzger, Director of Outreach, Education, and Interdisciplinary Training, University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration
  • Elizabeth Shiakamiri, Innovation to inclusion (i2i) Programme Manager, Leonard Cheshire, Nairobi, Kenya
  •  Bijal Lal, Founder and Special Educator, Tujumuishe Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 Panelist Dr. Macdonald Metzger collaborates with faculty at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya as they develop an Institute on Disability Studies.  Panelist Dr. Martin Blair works on early intervention efforts in Nairobi with Professional Fellow alumna Elizabeth Shiakamiri, Programme Manager at Leonard Cheshire, and staff from Sense International.  Secondary school teachers in Tanzania take part in a virtual training initiative on inclusive education and employment created by panelists Bijal Lal and Dr. Margo to strengthen professional skills, resources for inclusion, and understanding between educators in East Africa and university specialists in the U.S.