AUCA New Campus Gala Opening

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AUCA New Campus 

Gala Opening 

The American University of Central Asia cordially invites you to the New Campus Gala Opening on October 31st, 2015. Join us to celebrate the completion of  the most advanced and sustainable university campus in Central Asia.

Please see the official invitation here:

The university’s academic and administrative offices have transitioned in recent weeks from AUCA’s historic location at the Old Square in the center of Bishkek to the New Campus in the city’s 12th micro-region at 7/6 Aaly Tokombaev. A few photos  are available on the AUCA website. In the meantime, work is underway and being completed in the main atrium on murals of the “Artystan” project (sponsored by the Christensen fund) as visiting artist Rafael Vargas-Suarez prepares the first of a number of installations by Artystan’s international artists, artisans, designers, and curators that will be presented at AUCA in the coming year. 

To celebrate the completion of the new campus and the first class of students that will commence their studies at this new state-of-the-art facility in September, AUCA is proud to invite all Alumni and Friends to a celebratory Gala Opening on October 31, 2015 at 3pm in the New Campus. We hope to see you! 



The Professional Fellows
On-Demand, Disability Rights Program
July 12– 26, 2015
A Reflection~Seinep Dyikanbaeva, Kyrgystan

The program gave me a wonderful opportunity to study about disability rights in the USA, in history of disability movement. It was delightful to meet with an extraordinary lady Ms. Judith Heumann in Washington D.C.

She has an amazing experience and great impact on disability rights in USA. I was quite impressed by the movies titled “The Great Fight for Disability Rights” and “Blind Ambition”.

Both movies were shown in the U.S. Department of State in July 14, 2015. I have seen “The Great Fight for Disability Rights” before coming to the program. However, watching it again during the program I came to conclusion that disability rights in USA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became more real.

People with disabilities want to change their lives. They have one goal, one voice and an aspiration for equal rights and opportunities. They have participation, removal of barriers and isolation from society. As I have mentioned this in the meeting.

Met with Sue Swenson, she’s an Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education.

It was very pleasant to meet a mother whose son was able to receive an education. She worked hard and still working to improve access to education for people with disabilities. Ms.  Swenson created a wonderful model from social model to social methods, from medical model to medical methods, focusing on rights and the rehabilitation.

We had discussion on the work of the U.S. Access Board with Executive Director, Mr. David M. Capozzi, developing standards and regulations of accessibility in every part of human life, state, private, architectural, air, water etc. spheres which are very significant.

Moreover, it was pleasant to meet again with Amy Reid Program Officer, Exchange and Training, World Learning who I have met in 2010 in Advance Leadership Program of MIUSA. to meet again with Daniel in Chicago in Access Living and David M. Cappozzi in Washington DC who I have met in 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 9-11 June 2015.

There was a discussin on public-private partnerships and the ADA25 Chicago Initiative with Commissioner Karen Tamley, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD).

In Chicago, we paid visit to Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Access Living, and Workshop with John Wodatch, former Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Department of Justice.

As a lawyer the Ada Legal Update Workshop I found very interesting.  It accompanied by listening to different kind of cases on disability rights from access to education, work place until technological accessibility.

Departing at the Millennium Park Welcome Center was very beautiful and reachable place in Chicago.

John Wodatch conducted a wonderful workshop. He is former Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Department of Justice.  It came to the point of summaries of the whole program. We carried an essential meeting with full expiation of disability rights, successes, difficulties, advices and future prospective of disability rights in USA.

The Ed Roberts Campus in San Francisco where the meeting held was remarkable. They have wonderful and different kind of programs from early intervention, mothering, and research center of disability rights until sport programs.

Dialogue with Paul Hippolitus Director, Disabled Students’ Program at UC Berkeley, on equal access to educational opportunities and the work of the Disabled Students’ Program turned out useful. Their educational programs, opportunities for every students, technologies etc. an be very important.

To sum up, I was fascinated by the concept that the person is first and the focus of human treatments. Finding new solution, the concept of being in process is inspirational.  Shortly, there is no way of staying still with what we have but with the results always go forward constantly looking for better options.

I am touched by the fact that in US person is treated as human being first then comes human treatment. Only after his social status and his disability is discussed. Finding better solutions in improvement of disables life as well as level of general people’s life. I hope that this experience I gained in US will be applicable in my country. Step-by-step people with disabilities will enjoy life as much as ordinary people who enjoy their life.

Every person I met and every meeting I’ve attended gave me a better understanding of disability notions, refreshed me with new ideas. Strengthened me with energy and power to do something better for disability rights in our countries.

As Ms. Judith Heumann stated, always to analyze the situation of the past, the present and future that we hold.

I am thankful for the U.S. Department of State. Especially Mr. Adam Meier in World Learning team Mr. Vlad Spencer, Ms. Amanda Bischoping, Ms. Aleena Inthaly, Ms. Kelly Morgan and Ms. Wendy Dang for organizing such a wonderful program for us!




The “Easy Splashing” project will be implemented  with the help our partner organization in Kyrgyzstan – ARDI – Association of Parents of Children-Invalidswithin the program of the Foundation on delivering wheelchairs and other essential supplies to disabled children making their lives more comfortable, easy and healthy.

The Universal Relief Foundation, Inc. is seeking funding for “Easy Splashing” project and in this regard we would very much appreciate if your organization could help us to fulfill this project with a tax-deductible donation in the amount appropriate for you so that be could buy Pediatric Bath Chairs for children with cerebral palsy living in Kyrgyzstan.

List of equipment




Pediatric Bath









In return we will provide you with a “Certificate of acknowledgement of donation” in the amount of the actual donation. On top of that we will list your organization in our annual program booklet, website, as well as in any promotional materials we produce. Organization relies on support of generous donors such as you.

Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Thank you very much in advance.

Ainura Tazabekova