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MIUSA Welcomed Deaf Exchange Student to USA


MIUSA conducted a one-day arrival orientation in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2015, for a Deaf high school exchange student from Malaysia selected to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The student joins nine academic-year YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States.

The MIUSA orientation included:

Cerise Roth Vinson training

Knowledge, Tools and Skills Training in Washington, D.C.


Committed to weaving diversity into its broad range of programs and initiatives, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) program managers, officers, and staff attended a training conducted by key leaders from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE).

The trainers shared resources and provided technical assistance on engaging and including people with disabilities in ECA programs. This is part of the broad NCDE project objectives and a special initiative this year to enhance ECA programs.

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Disability-Inclusion Best Practices and National Trends


If you missed the webinar in the Generation Study Abroad Webinar Series on Tuesday, December 2nd at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, committment partners can download the PPT on the IIE website. Diversity experts Cerise Roth-Vinson, COO from Mobility International USA, and Gretchen Cook-Anderson from IES Abroad presented on diversity in study abroad, specifically pertaining to disability inclusion and resources.

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Breaking Through Barriers to Study Abroad

11/21/2014 - 11/24/2014

"Shaping and Shifting Cultural Perceptions of Disability Abroad"

What's it like to study abroad with a disability? How do travelers with disabilities plan for, adjust to, and even shape cultural attitudes? In this session, CIEE alumni, resident directors, and staff members from Mobility International USA share their expert advice.


  • Ashley Holben, Mobility International USA
  • Kirsten Jensen, Ph.D., CIEE
  • Mark Bookman, CIEE alumnus

This took place on Friday, November 21, 2014

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Be an Ambassador for International Exchange

11/17/2014 - 11/21/2014

In honor of the 15th anniversary of International Education Week, you're invited to be an ambassador for international exchange! Reach out to others with disabilities who have not yet been abroad, and offer to share your experiences living and learning in another country.

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Training International Educators on Disability Inclusion

11/04/2014 - 11/06/2014

Join us for "Disability is Diversity: Anticipating and Encouraging Diversity in International Education" and "Education Abroad and Students with Disabilities: Expanding Access through Collaboration"!

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There and Now: Where Did Study Abroad Take You?

10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), MIUSA invites Americans with disabilities to share their past study abroad experiences, and how those experiences shaped their career paths.

Held each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Given the powerful impact that a study abroad experience can have on the professional lives of people with disabilities, we'd also like to celebrate your career impact stories!

Exchange & Employability: Make the Connection for Disability Employment Month

10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014

Problem-solving. Resiliency. Confidence. Going abroad gives people with disabilities the opportunity to develop important professional skills, as well as other skills equally important to finding a career. In the workforce, having an international exchange experience under one's belt can help demonstrate traits highly valued in an employee.

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Photo Exhibit Makes Waves Across U.S.

09/30/2014 - 01/15/2015

The Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit has returned home from its latest journey!

Between September 2015 and January 2016, the global health insurance service company Cigna displayed these 30 powerful portraits and vignettes of disabled women leaders at several of their offices throughout the U.S. in order to highlight the company's focus on fostering a diverse workforce and connectedness to its diverse customer population.