U.S. Department of State
DDW Affiliate Organization

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), supports exchange programs that increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and countries around the world. Approximately 50,000 individuals take part annually in sports, youth, cultural and professional exchange programs sponsored by ECA.  Discovering Deaf Worlds partnered with ECA’s Professional Fellows Division to implement an EMPOWER program in 2012-2013, which will bring 8-12 Filipinos to Rochester, NY, and Washington, DC, for a month-long fellowship designed to identify creative solutions to challenges facing deaf communities in the Philippines.  Similar numbers of Americans will participate in reciprocal programming in the Philippines.

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