EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries, which promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.
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Individuals with disabilities, like their non-disabled peers, seek out internships, teaching, and volunteering in order to increase their employment skills and career opportunities. Additionally, they are participating in international opportunities to gain personal development, cross-cultural skills, and to exchange knowledge with communities abroad.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators hosted the 2016 Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado with the theme "Building Capacity for Global Learning".
MIUSA was excited to meet many exchange professionals to discuss disability inclusion at the below sessions, exhibits, and meet-up groups.
Monday, May 23, 2016 marks the start of five days of intensive RightsNow! training in Armenia. The training has been tailored to the needs of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and other key disability rights actors following analysis of the findings of the October 2015 introductory visit to Yerevan. The practical skill-building sessions will be divided into two main thematic areas: Advocacy and Disability Law Capacity.
The 2016 InterAction Forum will bring together over 1000 NGO professionals from across the globe. If you will be one of them, there are several ways you can interact with MIUSA staff during these three days.
The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) in Eugene, Oregon is currently exhibiting portraits and photos taken by the renowned late photographer Brian Lanker in an exhibit called “From the Heart.”
How do you kick-start awareness or drive momentum when it comes to participation of underrepresented students with disabilities in education abroad? How can these efforts also build capacity and give voice to diverse students? This Forum on Education Abroad annual conference session looked at best practices and partnerships to show the collaborative potential at the intersection of campus and community, program provider and national non-profits, and the international education and disability fields.
A webinar on the “Fulbright Program for Applicants with Disabilities,” which took place on Friday, March 4, 2016, explores how people with disabilities can study, collaborate professionally, teach, or conduct research in other countries on Fulbright grants. Listen to this Fulbright webinar to get a head start on understanding the disability-specific considerations for going abroad on a Fulbright program.
The purpose of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exhange's national advisory team, the Roundtable Consortium, is to bring together prominent international exchange and disability organizations. Together, their goal is to pave the way for people with disabilities to take full advantage of the cultural, volunteer, professional, and educational opportunities overseas, innovating solutions for increased access and inclusion.
CIEE is committed to ensuring that its regional directors and local coordinators have the information they need to place and support international students with disabilities in U.S. host communities. MIUSA staff will travel to Orlando, Florida, to share best practices on disability inclusion at CIEE's annual conference.
Topics for the training on February 11, 2016, will include: