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Disability Basics at European Higher Education Conference

09/13/2016 - 09/16/2016

This interactive session at 10:30-11:30 am on September 16, 2016, "Students with disabilities: A primer for mobility advisers," educated attendees at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference on strategies to resolve access barriers in study abroad. Activities sought to dispel misconceptions about specific disabilities, guide in respectful interactions, and build confidence to champion inclusion.

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MIUSA's 35th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser


For 35 years, MIUSA has been changing the lives of people with disabilities through its innovative leadership exchange programs and by bridging the global disability community with the international development and exchange fields. We're proud to count 2300 alumni from 135 countries as our MIUSA family, plus an entire extended family of current and former homestay families, community supporters, funders, staff, volunteers, interns, board members, and partners...that extended family includes YOU!

A blind international student prepares to board a bus.

Advancing International Exchange Through a More Perfect Union

08/18/2016 - 08/25/2016

Blind people access many mainstream opportunities for international exchange including study, volunteerism and internships, yet they also confront a set of unique challenges such as access to printed materials.

The World Blind Union (WBU) is an organization of associations of blind people across the world, which is actively involved in advancing the rights and opportunities of blind people to access education and employment.

Three exchange students from different countries, all of whom are girls, smile in a group picture taken in an outdoor setting.

Arrival Orientation for High School Exchange Students

08/12/2016 - 08/17/2016

The MIUSA workshop was very useful because I became more independent, brave and self-confident. I also did things that I never thought I can do. I met a lot of awesome, great and amazing people and friends! - Valeria, FLEX student from Moldova

Twenty-six international high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, this August for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.

Three women laugh and hug in an outdoor setting. Two wear colorful traditional clothing from their countries.

Gender, Disability and Development Institute 2016

08/10/2016 - 08/13/2016

About GDDI

Co-convening with MIUSA's signature international exchange program, WILD, the Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI) brings senior-level development professionals together with disabled women leaders from developing countries, all delegates of the WILD program. The event is a unique opportunity to bridge these two communities to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.

MIUSA Staff and co-presenters and guide dog standing next to each other in front of conference hall.

Connecting Disability To The World, #EdUSAForum 2016

08/02/2016 - 08/05/2016

The EducationUSA Forum happened and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) was there! The annual forum is designed for professionals at accredited U.S. colleges and universities seeking to recruit, enroll, and support international students.

MIUSA staff who work on the National Clearinghouse on Disability Exchange (NCDE) project, sponsored by the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), were represented to make sure people with disabilities are not missing from these conversations.

A group of women with disabilities singing

2016 Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD)

07/30/2016 - 08/21/2016

The 8th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) brought together 20 women leaders with disabilities from 20 different countries to Eugene, Oregon, USA from July 30th - August 21st, 2016. This intensive leadership training program served to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions and build international networks of support for women with disabilities.

Several women stand together outdoors; they hold hand-illustrated signs that display their country of origin, including China, Uganda, and Lesotho

Independent Living Without Borders

07/25/2016 - 07/28/2016

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has provided new and increased opportunities for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to support the international development of the Independent Living Movement. This year at the 2016 Annual Conference on Independent Living, organized by the National Council on Independent Living, attend sessions that support the conference's International Track to learn what opportunities exist to connect to and support international development of the movement globally.

Group of young women and men with and without disabilities lean in smiling and laughing

Sharing Exchange Stories Through Film at AHEAD

07/12/2016 - 07/16/2016

It takes a village to ensure that a student with a disability achieves her or his goal of studying abroad or participating in similar international experiences; however, that "village" doesn't always get to hear about the outcomes.