#AccessLanguages to Access Opportunity

American student, who has low vision, holds up a sign with Chinese characters that she wrote.
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) launches a campaign to encourage more people with disabilities to learn and teach a foreign language abroad!

The NCDE, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by MIUSA, seeks to develop resources to encourage people with disabilities to #AccessLanguages to access more opportunities.

Many Americans and international students have benefited greatly from participating in the growing number of learning and teaching of foreign language abroad programs. It allows them to fully immerse in the language and culture, and becomes a gateway to further opportunities for academic and professional advancement.  

People with disabilities continue to be underrepresented in these programs and that is why the NCDE seeks to promote the importance and benefits of U.S. and international disabled students of all ages learning and teaching a foreign language abroad. The NCDE will develop and share tip sheets, good practices, and stories about learning and teaching a foreign language abroad with a disability. Materials will be directed towards foreign language teachers, exchange program administrators, and prospective students with disabilities. 

What Will We Do?

  • Share foreign language exchange opportunities, including those sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
  • Develop tip sheets, good practices and success stories related to learning and teaching foreign languages abroad
  • Present and Promote #AccessLanguages

What Can You Do?

NCDE cannot make this happen alone. We count on the knowledge and expertise of people like you to make our projects succeed. Ways that you can help us make this happen include:

  • Share your story of learning or teaching a foreign language abroad with a disability
  • Share your good practice of including students with disabilities in your foreign language exchange program
  • Tell your story in a blog or at a gathering and let us know about it on social media using the hashtag #AccessLanguages
  • Like and Follow #AccessLanguages to keep up with all the upcoming resources!
  • Post to twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others about #AccessLanguages, so that your networks can learn about available resources.

Looking for social media ideas?

Sample Tweets:

Sample Facebook Posts:

  • #AccessLanguages promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities to learn and teach a foreign language abroad! Share the possibilities! 
  • #AccessLanguages abroad creates access to opportunities for all inlcuding people with disabilities! 
  • Share a quick story about a #AccessLanguages experience abroad as a student or teacher with a photo.
  • Learning/Teaching ___________ in ______________ was just the beginning for me, which is why I think that #LanguageMatters. Check out the resources that Mobility International USA is creating for people with disabilities to #AccessLanguages.

We know from personal experience that participating in a foreign language program abroad with a disability is absolutely possible and that it can bring tremendous benefits, and that's why we want more people to #AccessLanguages.

Contact our Clearinghouse Team to learn more!