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DeFazio Secures Funding for Mobility International

Jul 14, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) secured $500,000 for Mobility International, USA (MIUSA).  Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world.  The funding was approved as part of the State, Foreign Opportunities Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which passed out of subcommittee late last week.   “Mobility international USA is a highly respected international organization dedicated to empowering and creating more opportunities for people with disabilities,” DeFazio said.  “MIUSA is a powerful resource for change and I was pleased to be able to secure funding so they can continue their work.”  

There are currently 60 million people living in the United States with disabilities.  Often these people’s lives are limited by their disability.  MIUSA takes an active role in trying to change this.  The MIUSA Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange specifically teaches people, both with and without disabilities, leadership skills through international exchanges.  The mission is to break down the barriers that limit people with disabilities and create more inclusive and civil societies.  


The State, Foreign Opportunities Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010 must now be approved by the full House Appropriations Committee.