Sending & Receiving Americans Abroad
Considerations and practical how-to suggestions designed to make your exchange program inclusive to all participants.
Steps to Take
Learn about different types of disabilities and the typical accommodations exchange participants with those disabilities may need.
- A World Awaits You and AWAY Topics online journals
- Building Bridges: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Exchange Programs
- Survival Strategies for Going Abroad:A Guide for People with Disabilities
- Education Abroad Advising to Students with Disabilities
- Mobility International USA Blog
Learn from past participants and use the form to discuss needs with current participants.
- Assessing the Disability-Related Needs of Exchange Participants
- Stories & Blogs by Exchange Alumni with Disabilities
If funding is needed, budget in advance, tap existing options and/or find new sources like vocational rehabilitation funding.
- Budgeting for Inclusion
- Financial Aid and Funding for International Exchange
- Funding Accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Exchange Participants
Learn necessary electrical conversions, air travel advice, finding a sign language interpreter, disability specific overseas strategies for travel with a guide dog, wheelchair, medications, personal assistant, ventilator, assistive technology and more.
A majority of people with disabilities on education abroad programs have non-apparent disabilities.
- A World Awaits You - Non-Apparent Disabilities Issue
- Autism Spectrum / Asperger and International Exchange
- HIV/AIDS and International Exchange Planning
- Learning Disabilities and International Exchange
- Mental Health Considerations for International Exchange Participants
Although it is best done before you have a participant with a disability, it is never too late to work out the kinks in your forms and class materials from a disability perspective.
- Foreign Language Learning and Students with Disabilities
- Providing Information in Alternative Formats (e.g. large print, electronic text, audio or Braille)
Encouraging early disclosure of a participant’s disability can better assist in pre-departure planning, but you must first understand the issues.
Ensure your policies are inclusive before an exchange participant with a disability applies to or participates in your program.
- Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide to National and International Disability Related Laws for International Exchange Organizations and Participants (2nd Edition)
- UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This may be the first experience the program staff have with exchange participants with disabilities, so begin discussions with the right mindset.
- A Practice of Yes! Working with Overseas Partners to Include Students with Disabilities
- Cultural Differences and Disability
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs Including Students with Disabilities
Learn about the experiences of other colleagues’ to envision the possibilities
- Powerpoint Presentation: Beyond Recruitment - Strategies of Support for Students with Disabilities on Study Abroad Programs
Search through surveys that have been conducted on access abroad or contact our staff for free assistance and referrals.
- Country Profiles on Disability And Exchange
- Links to International Exchange, Travel and Disability Resources
- NCDE Information and Referral Services
Refer to these checklists and guides for how-to suggestions.
Collaborate with disability service staff at home and national disability organizations in the destination country to find resources.
Check in for feedback from the participant during and after the program and gather together lessons learned from the staff during the process - then share successes with others.