International Programs

International Programs

BBI’s international program focuses on:  (1) Empowering disability advocates and their representative organizations to facilitate full and equal access to justice; (2) building and strengthening institutions to advance and empower persons with disabilities; and (3)  innovating in disability inclusive development and supporting human rights and disability law and policy reform consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

BBI works in the following ways to advance human rights and disability inclusive development:

Empowering advocates

  • Develop civil society capacity for disability law, policy, & development programming;
  • Create a network of highly skilled disability rights advocates trained in the methodology of participatory human rights education and disability rights documentation and reporting;
  • Deliver trainings and resources in uniquely accessible formats, including (1) tactile ballot guides for blind voters; (2)  accessible websites for screen readers; and (3) election and human rights materials in pictorial and easy-to-read formats for persons with intellectual disabilities or low levels of literacy;
  • Working with universities throughout the world to train the next generation of disability law and policy advocates.

Building and strengthening institutions

  • Provide technical assistance on disability rights to support constitutional assemblies, parliamentary human rights committees, national human rights commissions, election commissions and DPOs.

Innovating in inclusive development

  • Support USAID and other donors and implementers in advancing disability inclusive development through research, training, and implementation of innovative inclusive development projects;
  • Partner with rule of law, election assistance, civil society strengthening, public health & HIV/AIDS and education implementers to advance inclusive development;

Supporting law and policy reform

  • Facilitate disability rights trainings for DPOs, parliamentarians, ministries, and legal advocates.

Partners

United Nations

United Nations

www.un.org
New York, NY

USAID

United States - Department of State

www.state.gov
Washington, DC

USAID

USAID

www.usaid.gov

International Labour Organization

International Labour Organization

www.ilo.org
Geneva, Switzerland

The World Bank

The World Bank

www.worldbank.org
Washington, DC

International Foundation for Electoral Systems

International Foundation for Electoral Systems

www.ifes.org
Cairo, Egypt

Election Access for Egyptians with Disabilities

BlueLaw International

BlueLaw International

www.bluelawinternational.com
Hampton, Virginia ‎

National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway

www.nuigalway.ie/
Galway, Ireland ‎

European Foundation Research Project
NUI Galway Disability Discrimination Summer Institute
CRPD Research Study

Global Universal Design Commission

Global Universal Design Commission

www.globaluniversaldesign.org
Syracuse, New York

American University Washington College of Law & Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

American University Washington College of Law & Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/
Washington, DC

Global Partnership on Disability and Development

Global Partnership on Disability and Development

A Project of The World Bank
Washington, DC

Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Harvard Law School Project on Disability

www.hpod.org
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Helwan University

Helwan University

www.helwan.edu.eg
Cairo, Egypt

Mexican Human Rights Commission

Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos
(Mexican Human Rights Commission)

www.cndh.org.mx
Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico 

Disability Human Rights Workshops

National Academy of Sciences Research Foundation

National Academy of Sciences Research Foundation

www.nasonline.org
Washington, DC

University of Haifa

University of Haifa

www.haifa.ac.il
Haifa, Israel

University of Minnesota Human Rights Center

University of Minnesota Human Rights Center

www.law.umn.edu/humanrightscenter
229 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

University of Namibia

University of Namibia

www.unam.na
Windhoek, Namibia

University of Pretoria Human Rights Centre

University of Pretoria Human Rights Centre

www.chr.up.ac.za
Pretoria, South Africa ‎

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

www.un.org/desa
New York, USA

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

www.ohchr.org
Geneva, Switzerland

NOVA - Norwegian Social Research

NOVA - Norwegian Social Research

www.hioa.no/eng/About-HiOA/Centre-for-Welfare-and-Labour-Research/NOVA
Oslo, Norway

Handong Global University

Handong Global University

www.handong.edu
Pohang, North Gyeongsang province, South Korea

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BBI International Team

  • Photo of Peter Blanck

    Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.

    University Professor, BBI Chairman
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  • Photo of Janet Lord

    Janet Lord, J.D.

    Senior Vice President, Human Rights and Inclusive Development
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  • Photo of Kelly Bunch

    Kelly Bunch, J.D.

    Law and Policy Research Associate
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    Deepti Samant Raja, M.S.

    Consultant for Technology and International Programs
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  • Photo of Steve Estey

    Steve Estey, M.S.

    BBI Senior Fellow, Chair of International Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities
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  • Photo of Carol Armistead Grigsby

    Carol Armistead Grigsby, M.S.

    BBI International Programs Senior Fellow
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  • Photo of Debra Benko

    Debra Benko, M.A.

    BBI International Programs Senior Fellow
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  • Photo of Luis Columna

    Luis Columna, Ph.D.

    BBI International Programs Fellow
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