The Story of MIUSA: 35 Years and Counting (Captioned)





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Published on Nov 22, 2016

Advancing disability rights and leadership globally,® MIUSA's international exchange, leadership and international development programs ensure that people with disabilities take their rightful place in the world community. (Captions embedded with visual description below.)

Support this important work by making a donation to MIUSA: www.miusa.org/donate

Visual description:

As audio narration plays with embedded captions, professionally-shot portraits of women and youth with disabilities, some photos in color, some in black and white, pan across the screen.

A woman in a wheelchair looking triumphant or proud.
A woman looking at the camera serenely holding the "I love you hand sign."
A girl on a bicycle wearing a helmet holding the "I love you" hand sign.
Pairs of women looking happy, arm-in-arm, wearing MIUSA logo shirts outdoors.

A vintage photograph of Susan Sygall and Barbara Williams-Sheng seated in a small office.

Other photographs continue to pan across the screen. They include group photos of people with and without visible disabilities; international visitors with their host family members; youth volunteering outdoors, video footage of women white-water rafting down a river, seated in conversation, interviewing one another, speaking in front of a group, speaking in front of a camera.

A graphic of a world map appears on screen with pin points landing in various parts of all continents. A collage of exchange program photos quickly flashes over the map as dates flash, from 1981 all the way to 2016.

More photos continue to flash, including current and vintage photos of people with disabilities - mostly people in wheelchairs or Deaf people - playing sports, volunteering, and with friends or students. Some appear to be in the United States, while others appear to be in foreign countries.

Video clip of Haben Girma speaking.

Photograph of MIUSA staff and U.S. exchange delegates at the Dead Sea.

Video clips of Haben speaking to camera, and then in a room in discussion with other individuals.

Video clip of Victoria seated in front of the U.S. Capitol building on a sunny day as people walk by.

Photographs of a blind student in a high school; RightsNow! training, women wearing traditional dress in a fashion show, a woman attached to a rope and harness swinging from a treetop; video clips of people in discussion over a meal; women listen and watch attentively as Susan Sygall speaks emphatically into a microphone, and the women cheer.

Video clip of Ekaete speaking as photographs of Ekaete with other women in her exchange program appear.

Photographs of a boy wearing a rope harness and helmet suspended from a tree looking excited; a group of sign language interpreters interlocking fingers and making hand signs; a couple dancing; a group of women in traditional dress dancing as a group; two people in wheelchairs shaking hands on a basketball court; a group photo of several MIUSA staff wearing MIUSA logo t-shirts.

Finally, a colorful collage of the word "thank you" translated into many different languages and characters appears, followed by the MIUSA Mobility International USA logo.

A black screen appears with white text: "MIUSA would like to thank staff at InterVision for generously donating their time and talents to make this video possible. Professional video clips and photos courtesy of Darcy Kiefel at Kiefel Photography, Dana Vion at Sky's the Limit, Brian Lanker, and Human Interest Films. Narration courtesy of Ann Glang.


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