During their time in Maryland, Ruzicic-Novkovic and Jovovic will meet with disability rights advocates and journalists from key organizations, audit journalism training courses, and develop a long-term project that will help illuminate disability rights in Serbia. The Towson University-Serbia project will include training Serbians with disabilities in both media advocacy and self-advocacy; educating Novi Sad journalism students on how to report on disability issues; creating a television show by and for Serbians with disabilities; and developing a media monitoring scheme.
Towson University is one of 20 U.S.-based organizations and institutions competitively selected to host overseas professionals from 40 organizations in 20 different countries. Projects range from inclusive education, independent living, healthcare rights, law and policy, recreation and sports, access to public services, and advocacy for all persons with disabilities. . Learn more about and view an interactive map of the 20 selected teams here.
At the conclusion of the program, all overseas participants and their U.S. hosts will gather in Washington, D.C., for a three day conference facilitated by MIUSA, Oct. 31- Nov.2. Participants will network with other leaders in their field, and share plans for long-term projects that will be implemented upon their return home.