Access to Exchange Summit (AES)

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Are you a person with a disability, in the U.S. interested in studying, interning, or volunteering abroad, but don't know where to start?
June 25, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Great news! The application for AES 2022 is live. Apply today by June 10!

Or Watch a 30 minute webinar to learn more about AES and how exchange and disability practitioners can support.

You are probably not the only one. Studying abroad for the first time can be overwhelming for anyone. You have to decide on a program, make sure that you will receive credit towards any degree programs you might be completing, obtain a passport and successfully solicit a visa from the host country. If you have a disability, you may find yourself with questions that a program might not be able to answer. After that, there is the actual international experience which can be intimidating if you have only recently been out on your own. Enter NCDE's Access to Exchange Summit (AES), a course designed to prepare you for whatever challenges you might find in your international journey!

AES Course Description:

AES is a 2-day/weekend online preparatory course designed to educate a cohort of U.S. individuals with disabilities about the many opportunities to study, intern, or volunteer abroad and strategies for negotiating disability-related challenges.

Those who successfully finish AES will receive a certificate of completion from Mobility International USA (MIUSA). 

The course will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Disability culture around the world,
  • Discovering different types of international exchange programs,
  • Creating your own international education plan,
  • Conducting research into a program,
  • Managing disability-related concerns, and
  • Negotiating reasonable accommodations.

"I think this tiny course was very informative and useful. It opened me up, and gave me fresh avenues to know what to ask about, what to look for, and who to talk to.  Thank you for making this a meaningful experience!"  - AES alumni

Who is it for?

This is the course for you if:

  • you have a disability,
  • you are between the ages of 14 and 30,
  • you are based in the United States and planning an exchange from the USA to another country,
  • you have never been abroad before,
  • you are not sure if international exchange is for you and would like to learn more, 
  • you don't know where to start.

Application Process

Applications are due by June 10 and will be reviewed based on the criteria above. Space is limited.

    Be a part of the next cohort!

    AES will take place on the weekend of June 25-26, (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am to 3pm pdt. Apply today.

    Help Us Promote

    We would like your help promoting AES among your networks. We created an Access to Exchange Summit Social Media Kit. Visit, AES Promotional Graphics Google Drive Folder,

    Folder Includes 

    • Poster/Flyer (Also available in Documents)
    • Alt. Text and Image Description Word Document
    • 5 Images to promote on social media (What is AES? (2x) The Summit is for you if, the summit will cover a variety of topics, and AES cover image)

    The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA.

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