#ChangeExchange Infographic

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Where are youth with disabilities in international exchange?

Youth represent our next generation of thought leaders, scientists, politicians, and teachers. Our world needs their full engagement as global citizens. But, are we reaching everyone?

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Youth, Including Youth With Disabilities, Are Everywhere

180 to 220 MILLION youth with disabilities WORLDWIDE
Youth with disabilities COULD FILL THE entire country of BRAZIL the world’s 5th most populous country

  • 18% of global population are youth
  • 10% of American high school students have a disability

Youth With Disabilities Face Limited Education Opportunities

  • 98% of youth with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school
  • 99% of girls with disabilities in developing countries are illiterate
  • 40% of American high school students with disabilities do not graduate on time
  • 9% of American students with disabilities go on to a 4-year college

Youth with disabilities are less likely than their peers to be expected to go to college

International Exchange Has the Power to Dramatically Change the Lives of Youth

  • Increased confidence & independence
  • Access to future education & work opportunities
  • Language & cultural competencies
  • Commitment to being a global citizen

Youth with Disabilities are Counting on These Opportunities, So They Need to Be Counted

1,200 American youth went abroad in 2012-2013

  • 120 is number of Youth with Disabilities needed for equal representation

30,000 International youth came to the U.S. in 2012-2013

  • 5,400 is number of Youth with Disabilities needed for equal representation

What will you do to increase participation of youth with disabilities in international exchange?

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