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Full room of people at TESOL meet-up on disability inclusion.

Addressing Access to English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL)

03/21/2017 - 03/24/2017

As the largest organization for English language educators, TESOL International Association hosts more than 6,500 people annually from around the world at its convention. Educators at all levels attend to exchange ideas and connect with a dynamic professional community.

The NCDE has launched the #AccessLanguages campaign to encourage more people with disabilities to learn and teach a foreign language abroad, including ESL/EFL.

On an excursion in Spain - a group of American students from diverse racial/ethnic and disability backgrounds

Understanding Disability through a Diversity and Intercultural Lens

03/20/2017 - 03/22/2017

Disability is often misunderstood on a deeper level by people who are otherwise knowledgeable of diversity issues.

Co-moderators of this interactive session will dive right into intercultural exercises that will help to make visible some of the hidden assumptions that people make about people with disabilities, and then discuss the underlying values, such as paternalism, that drive these perceptions. Different models of disability will be shown and explained to aid in a shift in thinking.

Group of a dozen or so professionals seated around square formation of tables. A person in the foreground uses manual wheelchair.

Roundtable Consortium on International Exchange and Disability

02/27/2017

To increase the number of people with disabilities involved in international exchange, study abroad, research and volunteer service overseas, we count on the guidance and support of advocates in the fields of international exchange and disability rights and services. That's why MIUSA co-leads the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) Roundtable Consortium along with NCDE's sponsor, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Group of students cheering with their hands raised in a conference room

Civic Education Workshop

02/26/2017 - 03/04/2017

In February, MIUSA joined high school exchange students currently in the United States on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in Washington, DC, for the Civic Education Workshop (CEW).

Group of youth sitting in a meeting

ECA Youth Programs Annual Meeting

02/09/2017 - 02/10/2017

At the annual meeting of the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, MIUSA joined representatives of international exchange organizations to discuss trends and best practices in sponsored youth programs, including the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) and Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programs.

Hilmi and Syafiqah smile at airport

MIUSA Welcomed Malaysian Youth with Disabilities to the U.S.

01/20/2017

MIUSA conducted a one-day arrival orientation in New York, NY, on January 20, 2017, for two high school exchange students with disabilities from Malaysia selected to participate in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The students joined eleven academic-year YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States.

RightsNow! representatives, and members of APRODEH and CODIP in outside meeting room of APRODEH's office in Lima (five women and one man standing in back; three women sitting in front)

RightsNow! Team Meets with Disability Experts in Peru

11/26/2016 - 12/04/2016

In late November 2016, a RightsNow! team of U.S. disability experts traveled to Lima, Peru to meet with disability leaders, other leaders of civil society organizations, and government representatives. The RightsNow! team gathered information to analyze the status of implementation and enforcement of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and national legal frameworks safeguarding the rights of people with disabilities, while identifying topics for future support to promote the enforcement of national disability laws.

Young adults share with each other in a group activity

Language Learning: Conquering Disability Barriers of Another Kind

11/18/2016 - 11/20/2016

The benefits of learning a foreign language have been well documented. It leads to greater employability and cultural competence. It can also enhance one's ability to learn in all sorts of areas.

Learning a language can offer unique advantages to people with disabilities as well, such as enabling a blind person to experience a destination through the verbal descriptions of folks they meet along the way, or facilitating the independence of a wheelchair user as they direct the assistance of others.

Three colleagues walk and talk along an outdoor path

The Evolution of Study Abroad Programs

11/16/2016 - 11/19/2016

We had a full room of attendees on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:30 - 11:45 am to discuss growing trends in education abroad to attract a greater number and diversity of students, including those with disabilities. These trends focus on making education abroad interesting, and of interest to, traditionally underrepresented groups, and by targeting these diverse groups and including faculty/staff in the planning, it results in more participation.

Students in a classroom listening to a presentation

A Conversation on Learning Disabilities & Study Abroad

11/10/2016

While students may have established academic accommodations at their U.S. institutions, when they choose to study abroad they also choose to accept the challenge of studying in a new educational system that may or may not offer the same accommodations.

This NAFSA: Association of International Educators sponsored Collegial Conversation was a live chat on November 10, 2016, to respond to questions from the field on what is required and possible in making arrangements for U.S. study abroad students with learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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