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Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Group 1: World Institute on Disability

San Francisco, California | Organized by Global Ties San Francisco

  1. Giancarlo DE VERA | Australia 

  2. Sharon AWIYE | Cameroon 

  3. Maria Jose CASAUBON HERRERA | Chile

  4. Marina HORVAT | Croatia 

  5. Edy SUAREZ | Cuba 

  6. Tomas SCUKA | Czech Republic

  7. Andre CALLUS | Malta 

  8. Mac Ada Mary Ezinne CHUKWU | Nigeria

  9. Magdalena SWIDER | Poland  

  10. Mariana ESTEVES | Portugal 

  11. Michelle BELFOR | Suriname 

Meeting Resources

World Institute on Diversity (California): - podcast


Ed Roberts - founder of WID:


IREX Community Solutions Partner Board


Support for Parents of Children with Disabilities:


Community Inclusion


Accenture report on diversity inclusion


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Phenomenal Women Support Group (Disability Network Southwest Michigan):


Changing Attitudes (Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor):



Mobility International USA:


Independent Living

Independent Living Support (Disability Network Southwest Michigan):


Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities:


Access Living (Chicago):



Subminimum Wage Employment and Workers with Disabilities:


Disability and Socioeconomic status


Financial Assistance and Support Services for People with Disabilities:


Ableism in Law Enforcement:


Workforce Training



Intersection of Disability and Everything Else (University of Alabama Birmingham):



Intersection of Disability and Race (Brandeis):


Intersectionality (Carbado, Crenshaw, May, and Tomlinson):


Poverty issues

Disability & Poverty (Center for Poverty & Inequality, University of California, Davis):


Disability and Poverty (Washington University):



Financial Inequality: Disability, Race, and Poverty in America (National Disability Institute):



​Accessibility and Technology (Department of Labor):


The ADA & Accessible Ground Transportation (ADA National Network):


Disability Overview & Housing (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development):




Higher Education and Disability (ADA):


Higher Education and Disability: Past and Future (Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa):


Educating Students with Disabilities in Higher Education (American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association):

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Meeting Details

Please join 10 minutes early

Login: 13:50 Eastern U.S. Time

Meeting: 14:00–15:30 Eastern U.S. Time

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Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 844 6725 8008 

Passcode: IVLP 

Meeting organized by: Global Ties San Francisco in collaboration with Meridian International Center

Meeting Topic: Kat Zigmont will discuss the World Institute on Disability’s research, education, and advocacy on obtaining equality for individuals with disabilities, as well as its efforts to increase inclusion of multiple-marginalized communities.

About the Organization
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World Institute on Disability (WID), a 501(c)3 public policy center, was established in 1983 as one of the first global disability rights organizations founded and continually led by people with disabilities. WID works to advance the rights and opportunities of over one billion people with disabilities worldwide, bringing research and policy into action and operationalizing inclusion. Its work centers around Digital Tools for Optimizing Community Living and Employment; Accessibility Solutions; and Excellence in Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Resilience. WID’s Board of Directors has committed to expanding their internal and external focused efforts toward inclusion of multiple-marginalized communities, which are all-too-often left out of policy and practice conversations. 

Meet Your Speakers
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Kat Zigmont 


Senior Director of Operations and Deputy Director  

World Institute on Disability 

Kat Zigmont is the Senior Director of Operations and Deputy Director at the World Institute on Disability (WID). Working with WID’s leadership team, she recommends and coordinates activities aimed toward translating strategic opportunities into support for critical issues affecting accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. She is also responsible for the smooth and effective operation of WID’s internal functions, including managing Human Resources, Information Technology, and Marketing. Additionally, Ms. Zigmont is the Chair of the IREX Community Solutions Program Partner Advisory Board, where she helps shape the Fellows program as well as working closely as a mentor to WID’s international fellows. Ms. Zigmont received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Florida State University. While working in Azerbaijan as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she gained experience in NGO development, community building, and grant writing. As a person born with a neurological disability, Ms. Zigmont is committed to eliminating the stigma of hidden disabilities. 

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