The #BlindAbroad Campaign: Highlights

Two women, one who is blind, walking through the desert in Jordan.
The National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange launched a campaign to increase the participation of people who are blind or low vision in international exchange...check out what resulted!

 “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!

Read some of the highlights

“I love your #BlindAbroad campaign, and hope it changes peoples' perceptions of who can Study Abroad!”

We collaborated and presented:

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators National Convention
  • American Council of the Blind Annual Convention (ACB)
  • National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Annual Convention
  • Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC)
  • Ohio Association of Blind Students 

We built up the buzz: 

Now What?

  • Tune in to Ripple Effects for upcoming #BlindAbroad podcast episodes.
  • Keep building “#BlindAbroad”; never stop tweeting and sharing the hashtag.
  • Share your story with us.
  • Keep promoting the campaign on and off your campus and find ways to make sure everyone knows that people who are blind DO go abroad!

“Abroad With Disabilities (AWD) has been supporting #BlindAbroad since the thought has risen. We believe persons with visual impairments can and should go abroad!"

To share your story or find out more contact Monica Malhotra.