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Top 10 Disability Resources On-Campus

International students and scholars with disabilities can often find what they need at their U.S. colleges and universities. Do a bit of research to find out if your U.S. college or university offers these ten offices or departments, which can work with you to make sure that you have full access to everything you do at school, whether it's taking a test or participating in a club or event.

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Spreading the Word of International Exchange at APRIL

From October 5 to October 8, we will be at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street, Denver, CO connecting with young adults with disabilities and the professionals who seek them out at the grassroots level, to share about the many opportunities to study or volunteer abroad with entities like Peace Corps, Fulbright, Boren and beyond.

We will also be hosting a workshop on how to volunteer or study abroad in collaboration with staff from The University Of Colorado Boulder on Sunday, October 7 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM.

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Coalition for Inclusive Legal Reform (CILR) Takes Action

Mobility International USA worked with Armenian partner organization, “AGATE Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities” to support disability rights advocates and allies to influence the content and passage of the “Law of the Republic of Armenia on the Protection of Rights and Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” (Disability Law).

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Roundtable Consortium: Bridging Disability and International Exchange

The purpose of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exhange's national advisory team, the Roundtable Consortium, is to bring together prominent international exchange and disability organizations. Together, their goal is to pave the way for people with disabilities to take full advantage of the cultural, volunteer, professional, and educational opportunities overseas, innovating solutions for increased access and inclusion.

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Disability Organizations in the U.S.

Many of the services provided by these organizations are available to every person with a disability, regardless of citizenship. Community-based and state-based disability organizations are especially helpful to international visitors who will not have access to disability services through a U.S. university or college.


Career Opportunities with EDDI Member Organizations

The organizations below are members of MIUSA's Excellence in Development and Disability Inclusion (EDDI) initiative, committed to inclusion and diversity both in the work that they do and in their teams. Because more people with disabilities are needed in international development careers, we highly encourage people with disabilities to explore their careers pages to find information about current jobs, internships, fellowships and other opportunities in the United States and around the world.

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Common Funding Questions

We know you have many questions about how to fund international exchange: Does MIUSA provide scholarships? Are there scholarships for people with disabilities? What's the difference between scholarships and fellowships? We answer your burning funding questions.

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Celebrating 28 Years of the ADA

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and we at MIUSA want to thank and celebrate the many disability activists, allies and organizations who took action to make it possible.

Their dedication and perseverance has enhanced the lives of millions of people with disabilities, both in the United States and globally. Many principles that were the basis for the ADA have been utilized when drafting and implementing disability laws and policies in countries around the world.

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Arrival Orientation for University Students with Disabilities

MIUSA hosted an arrival orientation in July 2018, for students participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program. The students traveled to Eugene, Oregon, before embarking on a year of study at universities across the country.

The YEAR program provides an opportunity for students to live in the U.S. for a year while learning about American society, educating Americans about Russian history and culture, improving English speaking skills, strengthening knowledge in an academic field, and experiencing immersion in a local community.

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Arrival Orientation for International High School Students

A warm MIUSA welcome to international exchange students from the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs!

Twenty-eight high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, in August. There, they experienced an orientation to help prepare them for their academic year in host communities across the United States.  

The students represent 19 countries accross the world, and are all recipients of prestigious scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.

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Ambassadors of International Opportunities Exhibit at NCIL

From going abroad to hosting international visitors to working in international careers and more, participating in international exchange and citizen diplomacy opportunities can have a positive impact on a person’s employability, independent living skills, confidence, leadership, and other personal qualities.

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Full Circle Access at Gender 360 Summit

By Ashley Holben, Program Specialist

How do you get people with disabilities to the table? And is simply getting them to that proverbial table enough? What's the next step?

These are some of the questions we were thinking about when, for the first time (hopefully the first of many!), MIUSA had the opportunity to attend the Gender 360 Summit hosted by FHI 360, a member of MIUSA's EDDI initiative.