HANDS is proud to announce the successful completion of our most recent Professional Fellows Program exchange. Ten young disability rights advocates from Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia were graciously hosted in Seattle and Washington D.C. by organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities in their communities.

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With the goal of exploring strategies that can be used to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities within their own societies, the visiting fellows engaged with their host organizations to gain insight on various aspects of their work. Fellows attended additional seminars, workshops and meetings each week to further advance their skills on networking, NGO management, influencing government policies, and raising community awareness.


An important part of the Professional Fellows Program is the opportunity for the visiting fellows to experience the importance of volunteerism in the U.S. In Seattle, the fellows had the opportunity to volunteer with the Footloose Sailing Association, which provides sailing programs for persons with all disabilities and their families. In Washington D.C., fellows worked with the Special Olympics Organization and volunteered at the D.C. Summer Games.