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Teaching Languages to Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Most language course work focuses on visual input as the main tool for teaching language. Students practice vocabulary by identifying pictures in the target language. Cultural curriculum focuses on the visual arts or landscapes. Exams ask students to match categories in corresponding lists.

Blind or visually impaired people benefit from language study in the same way as sighted students, but there are some key differences in the way that they learn. A multisensory approach to language teaching can help shift to a more inclusive environment.

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There's #LifeAfterExchange: Linking Disability, Employability and International Exchange

By venturing to other countries, people with disabilities have demonstrated to themselves - and the world - that they are independent and successful, resilient and adaptable. They've gone on to work in the fields of law, disability advocacy, international education, journalism, and more. Their stories show how international exchange can be a profoundly transformative experience for those with disabilities—and their careers, skill sets, and personal development.

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Getting What You Need in the U.S.

If you come to the U.S. on a professional program, internship, or cultural exchange, you will need to find resources and services in your U.S. host community that can meet your disability-related needs. International students, scholars and teachers can access disability services at their U.S. school but will sometimes need to find community resources, too.

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Fulbright Webinar for Scholars with Disabilities

Did you know that the Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries? Opportunities are available for U.S. college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Furthermore, people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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InterAction Honors Judy Heumann with Lifetime Achievement Award

The award recognizes the international development community’s innovative efforts to promote disability inclusion as a human rights issue.

MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall, who has known Ms. Heumann for more than 40 years, was thrilled at the nomination, describing her as "a true disability activist, someone who works day and night, 24/7, to enhance the lives of people with disabilities both in the US and around the world." This nomination was brought forth from InterAction's Disability Working Group.

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InterAction Forum and Board Meeting, 2017

The 2017 InterAction Forum brought together over 1000 NGO professionals from across the globe. There were several ways attendees were invited to engage with MIUSA staff during this invigorating week.

Breakout Session

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 3:15 - 4:45 pm

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Getting AHEAD through International Exchange

In order to achieve equity in higher education, we must make sure that all opportunities are available to everyone regardless of disability or other characteristics. Join the 2017 AHEAD conference this July for a week in Orlando, Florida, where you can attend three sessions presented by Mobility International USA's Project Coordinator, Justin Harford, and other higher education colleagues.

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Brilliant and Resilient Portraits on Exhibit Summer 2017

This summer, the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) in Eugene, Oregon exhibits "Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists."

The Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit features a collection of professional images by world-renowned photographers and personal stories of an unparalleled group of women representing a variety of cultures, countries and disabilities. All are alumni of MIUSA's Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). These emerging and established leaders have used determination, drive, and resilience to confront discrimination and make unique contributions in their communities and in the world.

The exhibit is photographed by Brian Lanker, Darcy Kiefel, and Paola Gianturco. View the slideshow at the bottom of this page for a glimpse of select portraits.

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5 Essential iPhone Apps for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Travelers

Are you planning your next trip? Whether going to a conference in the next town, or a work assignment in the next continent, you'll come back to each and every one of these apps.These are just a few obvious and not so obvious suggestions for apps that Deaf or hard of hearing iPhone users have benefited from the past.

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Creating a Policy Platform for Disability Rights

In late January 2017, RightsNow! technical expert and IFES Senior Access and Inclusion Specialist, Virginia Atkinson, traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to collaborate with RightsNow! partners on several initiatives. These efforts supported government stakeholders in implementing inclusive electoral laws and policies.

In addition, RightsNow! partners assisted disabled person’s organizations (DPO) and civil society stakeholders in advocating for increased access to the political process ahead of the April 2nd elections.

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Hitting the Books in Lithuania

Thanks to her self-advocacy prior to and during her travels, the potential pitfalls Paula experienced while studying abroad were manageable. She points to two challenges in particular:

One was that her Lithuanian professors would provide a list of 15 books as suggested reading and pull information from those books for tests.

"It was impossible to do all of that reading, because I’m such a slow reader. It was difficult knowing what they expected."

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In and Out of the Japanese Classroom

Smiles spread on the Japanese storekeepers' faces as Jonathon, an obvious foreigner, asks them a question in their language. Jonathon, a University of Iowa graduate student who is spending a semester abroad, loves this interaction with the locals, both for absorbing the culture and practicing his Japanese language skills.

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Your Rights and Responsibilities

In recent U.S. history, disability rights activists have fought to ensure that every person with a disability may have the opportunity to live up to his or her full potential. While you are in the U.S., you will benefit from the same disability rights possessed by U.S. citizens with disabilities, and you will also be expected to fulfill certain responsibilities.

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Presentation Slides on Disability and Study Abroad

If you attend conferences or host events related either to the disability community or study abroad field, why not bring the topic of people with disabilities going abroad into the fore? Let us get you started with Powerpoint slides ready to insert into your next presentation.

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Be Bold, Be WILD on International Women’s Day

Disabled women throughout the world are leaders -- as elected government officials, executive directors of NGOs, CEOs, artists, activists, mothers, daughters, and sisters. 

On March 8th, International Women's Day, we honor all the disabled women activists and their allies throughout the world. We especially want to thank our 220 Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) alumni from over 83 countries and our alumni who have led their own WILD trainings in their communities.

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