Record high numbers of international students are coming to the United States to pursue higher education and to study English, but students with disabilities remain underrepresented among them. What’s stopping you? Reading this issue of A World Awaits You (AWAY) is a great place to start!
Building on project initiatives and lessons learned in Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam, and Armenia, MIUSA and the RightsNow! U.S. Consortium are expanding technical assistance and trainings to Guatemala and Peru.
The ADA is considered by many to be the “gold standard” of disability rights laws. While it’s not perfect, many achievements have been made under the ADA and it offers standards and principles that can be modified for other cultural contexts.
All profits will support Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), our signature women’s leadership training program. This highly selective, intensive three-week training brings together women with disabilities from around the world to share their experiences and strategies, build skills, and strengthen networks of support.
We have raised the majority of the funding we need for WILD 2016. This t-shirt campaign is the final push that will bring us to our fundraising goal!
New videos highlight the experiences of four individuals with disabilities on their opportunity to travel to the U.S. for university study. Whether it's being selected to receive a Fulbright student scholarship or enrolling directly in a U.S. university - these newly released videos show not only the pathways to get to the U.S. but the cultural, personal, and educational benefits of the experience. Four individuals with different disabilities share about accessibility they found on U.S. campuses, and skills they learned when living far from home.
"Together, we all came to learn from the American experience and then how to return home and cause change in our various countries."
- Hilda Bih Muluh, Mandela Washington fellow with a disability from Cameroon
Advocates in Armenia, Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam, and other places around the world are seeking information on how to make disability-inclusion a reality in their communities. Now these advocates can access the knowledge needed to transform lives via a new website recently launched by the RightsNow! consortium.
"What’s really interesting for me is seeing different international development strategies applied in the local context." Antonia DeMichiel, who has cerebral palsy and served in Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Chile
In this issue of A World Awaits You (AWAY), we encourage you to read stories from people with disabilities who brought arts integration curriculum to China or taught goalball in Russia. They volunteered and interned from Chile to Switzerland to Cameroon, and each is planning where they will go next.
Disability professionals and practitioners can learn much from their counterparts in countries around the world about enhancing disabled students' access to postsecondary education.