The first Fulbright with a disability, Davis Duty, stands next to Senator J. William Fulbright.

A Historical Video Timeline from the U.S. Department of State on Disability & International Exchange

Watch the ECA historical timeline video on Disability and International Exchange Programs, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA as well as highlighting 75 years of International Exchange Programs!

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is committed to including people with disabilities as exchange program participants and to advancing disability rights in the United States and abroad.

Landscape of Italian coastline - photo from Melissa Divietri

New Videos Encourage People with Disabilities to Go Abroad!

Passport to Possibilities

International opportunities through study or volunteering abroad can have far-reaching benefits. Four people with disabilities share their experiences in this new video. Also learn how the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA, can help in preparations.

Open Passport to Possibilities in YouTube to favorite it. Also if needed, download the transcripts under Documents.

Power wheelchair user study abroad student to Korea on CIEE Study Abroad program

The Advice is Simple

Take the chance and do it! Have you heard of Generation Study Abroad? If you are studying at a U.S. college or university—it’s about you! Each year more U.S. college students with and without disabilities are studying abroad. Are you keeping pace? If not, what’s stopping you? Read this issue of the A World Awaits You (AWAY) to discover your options.

High school exchange students in front of YMCA.

Exchange Students with Disabilities Return Home

This spring, nearly 2,000 students on high school exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State will say good-bye to their U.S. host families and travel home to countries around the world. Tearful departures and emotional reunions await these students and their families.

Among them are 29 students with disabilities who lived, studied, and volunteered in host communities in twenty U.S. states this year, from Maine to Michigan to Hawaii.

A group of U.S. and Armenian adults stand on a brick street in front of a building. Several group members use wheelchairs.

RightsNow! Project Expands to Armenia

MIUSA and the RightsNow! U.S. Consortium are building upon our work in Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam, by expanding technical assistance and trainings to Armenia and working in collaboration with the Agate Center, a local disabled peoples’ organization founded and led by MIUSA’s WILD alumna Ms. Karine Grigoryan.

“We need effective mechanisms to monitor the implementation of laws. Through this project, we hope to learn experiences not only in U.S., but also project countries: Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam.” – Karine Grigoryan, Agate Center

Two women, one who is blind, walking through the desert in Jordan.

The #BlindAbroad Campaign: Highlights

 “All my life, people told me my disability would not stop me from doing whatever I wanted to do. Successfully completing a trip abroad allowed me to really believe that.” –Haben Girma

The National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA, launched the #BlindAbroad campaign Summer 2015 to increase the participation of people who are blind or low vision in international exchange.

We made a call for ALL to participate and you have and you are!

Zero Project Innovative Practice Winner 2015

Zero Project Recognizes WILD as Innovative Practice

On February 25, 2015, Mobility International USA received an innovative practice award from the Zero Project at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, for its signature women's leadership training, the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). WILD was recognized as one of 39 "Innovative Practices" for 2015 at the international summit which was attended by more than 400 experts in the field of disability rights and inclusion from over 50 countries.