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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.

Susan Sygall, holding an award, speaks with 2 IACAC members outside during an IACAC conference event.

IACAC 2016: Ensuring Inclusion When Recruiting

07/11/2016 - 07/17/2016

International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) will hold its annual conference bringing together counselors and institutions from around the world in support of secondary students transitioning to higher education.

EducationUSA adviser smiling in front of EducationUSA poster.

EducationUSA Training Institute Highlights Disability Inclusion


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. 

Presenter speaks to audience at round tables

Accessing Global Internships

06/15/2016 - 06/17/2016

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.

MIUSA staff showing off the poster session and table with latest publication materials.

NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference Highlights Disability Inclusion

05/29/2016 - 06/03/2016

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. 

Armenian disability activitst pose for a photo in a conference room in Yerevan after the end of a two-day forum on rights advocacy in October 2015

Advancing Disability Rights through Capacity-Building Training in Armenia

05/23/2016 - 05/28/2016

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.

Susan Sygall speaks at an event while co-presenters and an interpreter stand behind

Interact with Us at the InterAction Forum

04/18/2016 - 04/21/2016

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.

Speaker to room of conference attendees Photo Credit: CIEE www.ciee.org

Boost Your Disability Inclusion Efforts through Partnership

04/06/2016 - 04/08/2016

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.