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This Week In History: 25 years ago

Azerbaijani youth pay visit to Yaquina Head tide pools through Mobility International.

Youth from the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan were in Newport on Wednesday to tour the newly created tide pools and explore the trails of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural area.

During their exploration, the delegates were told how Yaquina Head became available to the public and how the facility has developed in a way that is accessible to people with disabilities.

This exploration is part of Mobility International USA’s Azerbaijan Culture, Language, and Disability Rights Exchange. The exchange focuses on leadership skill-building and empowerment to increase the delegates’ ability to improve conditions for persons with disabilities in their own communities. The exchange is funded by the United States Information Agency to promote democracy in the Newly Independent States as a part of the Freedom Support Act.

Wednesday’s excursion was one of several field trips that will be taken by the delegates during their three-and-a-half week stay in Oregon. The delegates are staying with families in the Eugene-Springfield area during their time in Oregon. They are studying English, attending workshops on leadership and disability rights, participating in adapted recreational activities, and experiencing United States culture. The delegation will also experience cross-cultural team building through a community service project and a ropes-challenge course with a local youth mentoring program.

For more than 14 years, Mobility International USA (MIUSA) has offered international education exchanges involving youth, adults, and professionals from more than 20 different countries. MIUSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to equal opportunities for persons with disabilities in international educational exchange, leadership development, disability rights, and community service.