Chart traveled to the United States from Thailand to get a Master's Degree in International Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California (USC) with the support of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP). At the time, he just wanted to get the top-notch education that the American system would open up for him. Just what he would do with that master’s degree would come later.
Having grown up as a blind man in a small town about three hours from Bangkok, Chart knew what it was like to live in a place with limited resources.
Who says your exchange experience has to end when you get home? We know that going abroad - for study, volunteerism, professional exchange and more - has a lasting impact on Deaf and disabled people's lives in many ways.
Did it have an impact on you? Create your own #LifeAfterExchange digital postcard to commemorate your time abroad and celebrate what it's helped you accomplish.
You could be one of them if:
Your photographs were captured on film. Actual film! That you had to get developed!
Your travel tales went un-chronicled on Instagram and Tumblr in favor of travel journals, postcards, and emails to friends (made on Hotmail or AOL accounts).
You want to re-connect with your overseas friends and host family, but you’re going to have to do some major detective work in order to track down their contact info.
04/21/2017 - 8:34pm
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.
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.
04/20/2017 - 5:31pm
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.
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.
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.
04/17/2017 - 11:50pm
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.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 3:15 - 4:45 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
04/05/2017 - 8:26pm
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."
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.