As international educators, we aspire to make going abroad possible for talented students who believe that it's out of reach. With initiatives like Generation Study Abroad (GSA) placing emphasis on removing barriers for underrepresented students, it's a prime time to think about how we can effect change within our own spheres of influence, large or small.
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The Brilliant & Resilient Photo Exhibit premiered in El Salvador at the Terazza Hotel.
The international traveling exhibit featured portraits and vignettes of 30 women activists with disabilities from around the world. The exhibition was also a space to promote networking and partnerships between women leaders with disabilities and human rights, development, and government agencies. Nearly 100 people attended the event, including 25 women leaders with disabilities from throughout El Salvador.
Working with the Center for Women with Special Needs (AGATE), a local disabled women’s organization, the U.S. team convened leaders from disability, government, civil society and private sectors, to explore legal frameworks and strategies for addressing critical issues including physical accessibility, education, employment and access to legal services.
In October 2015, U.S. experts worked alongside local professionals to conduct five-day intensive trainings in two RightsNow! countries. Participants examined national and international laws and policies, identified principles of effective legislation, explored tactics for advocacy, and created collaborative action plans to promote enforcement of laws to protect disability rights. Trainings built on a core curriculum developed by the RightsNow! team and country partners with tailored sessions that addressed specific priorities identified in each country.
As part of the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad Summit, we had great discussion and best practices during our session, "Commitments that Work: Removing Barriers for Students with Disabilities" on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
This September 15th to 18th, Europe's largest international higher education conference is heading to Glasgow, Scotland. Whether you take the high road or the low road to get there, connect with MIUSA staff and other members of EAIE's expert community on Access and Inclusion throughout the conference or during one of several events and sessions related to disability and diversity.
The @america center, a cutting-edge cultural center in Jakarta, Indonesia that showcases U.S. culture and experiences through performances, discussions, and exhibitions, will host the Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays throughout September 2015.
MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall will speak about opportunities, access, and support for international students with disabilities coming to the U.S. during the EducationUSA Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Forum in Dubai, to convene September 1-3, 2015.
Twenty-five international high school exchange students with diverse disabilities arrived in Eugene, Oregon, this August for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.
Together, the students represent fifteen diverse countries, including Georgia, Liberia, Montenegro and Pakistan. All are recipients of a prestigious scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.
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