Andrea Shettle brings to USICD her passion for information exchange and dissemination in relation to disability rights and believes that the right knowledge in the hands of the right leaders can transform society. As Program Manager for the Global Disability Rights Library project, she is committed to creating a robust library of knowledge on a broad range of human rights, poverty reduction, international development, and humanitarian issues that grassroots advocates and policy makers in developing countries can use to improve the lives of people with disabilities in their communities. The GDRL project will be using innovative, off-line digital storage technology to bring this library to people who are currently beyond the reach of the Internet. Andrea is interested in opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and individuals to locate digital content for the library, to identify potential deployment sites for the library in developing countries, and recruit more volunteer or internship support for the project.
Prior to working at USICD, Andrea helped the Center on International Programs and Services at Gallaudet University gather the information they needed to launch their World Deaf Information Resource Project website. She also spent five years at the executive office of the World Bank as a junior speech writer and researcher: she worked with the World Bank’s president’s senior speech writer to write and research talking points. In 2007, during her free time, she launched a blog site on disability, development, and human rights in developing countries, called We Can Do.
Learn more about the Global Disability Rights Library at http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library or learn more about the organization where I work at http://www.usicd.org