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The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) had the pleasure of welcoming professionals from the international disability community this summer. MOD was visited on two separate occasions by leaders in disability policy and Independent Living from both Canada and South Korea through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This professional exchange program connects foreign leaders in various fields to their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. Program participants are nominated and selected each year by U.S. Embassies around the globe.

MOD Staff with Canadian IVLP participants

MOD Staff with Canadian IVLP participants

The Canadian group included staff from the Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office and the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. The South Korean group was comprised of representatives from the Republic of Korea’s Policy and Support for the Disabled project and the Seoul Center for Independent Living among others. MOD had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with our guests and exchange our interests, goals, and ideas on disability policy.  The Seoul team left us with an old Korean saying, “People connect even with the slightest brushing of clothes.”

 

MOD staff meets with South Korean IVLP participants

MOD staff meets with South Korean IVLP participants

 

 

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