New Traveler Stories
The latest stories and blogs related to international exchange and disability.
- Building Connections to Find Solutions
- Disability advocate Jagoda Risteska left her home of Macedonia and the organization which she co-founded, Mobility Challenge, to complete a four-month fellowship with the U.S. International Council on Disabilities in Washington, D.C. through the Community Solutions Program. Jagoda has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair.
- Come One, Come All: A Student's Glimpse of Family, Happiness, and Inclusion in Cape Town
- Joining a study abroad program designed to include wheelchair users as well as non-disabled students meant that University of Illinois student Shannon Kelly could spend less time worrying about accommodations and more time discovering the beauty and history of South Africa.
- Amber Buckley-Shaklee in Peru: "Learning the History Helped Me Appreciate the People's Experiences"
- Eager to make a positive impact in a community overseas, Amber Buckley-Shaklee was selected for a Wofford Global Service Fellowship to volunteer abroad and to motivate others to follow her lead. Amber has a physical disability and used a power wheelchair to explore the community and coast of Lima.
- Returning to the Caribbean as a Fulbright Scholar
- Having researched her senior thesis there years earlier, Alexandra "Allie" Futty discusses plans to return to Trinidad and Tobago for a year to research female poets of the Caribbean with a Fulbright scholarship. Allie, who is blind, will use assistive technology to access her research materials. This article is adapted from an interview that appeared in the Mansfield News Journal.
- Connie Rivera in Brazil: "I Trusted My Gut"
- Gilman alumna Connie Rivera knew that traveling to the developing world would likely present accessibility barriers for students with disabilities like herself. But for the Political Economy major, seizing the chance to gain a first-hand glimpse into Brazil's rise as an economic power meant accepting the challenge with gusto.
Established in 1995, the goal of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities. Learn more about NCDE.
The NCDE is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which also sponsors the Fulbright scholarships for professional, cultural and educational activities internationally. Learn more about the Fulbright Program.