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Disability advocate to meet peers in US

Kelly Madeiros

Bermuda’s coordinator of the Department of Court Services is heading to the United States to help further disability rights.

Kelly Madeiros, who helped develop the Mental Health Treatment Court pilot initiative, was selected by the US Consulate and the US Embassy in London to attend the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). the Department of State’s flagship exchange programme, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.

Mrs. Madeiros’ three-week exchange, “Access for All: Enhancing the Lives of People with Disabilities,” will take place from March 28 to April 15.

Participants from around the world will convene in Washington DC and then travel onto three or four states.

During their trip, the IVLP group will meet with state and municipal officials who implement programmes aimed at access for the disabled, NGO workers who advocate for disability rights, community service providers who work in the field, and more.

Consul General Mary Ellen Koenig called Mrs. Madeiros “a staunch advocate for human rights, especially those with cognitive, intellectual or mental disabilities”.

She added: “This programme will allow her to share what Bermuda is doing in the area of disability rights, as well as learn about the challenges and successes of other countries in this field, including the United States.

“We hope the connections that Kelly makes and the experiences that she has will serve her and Bermuda well over the long term.”