Committed to weaving diversity into its broad range of programs and initiatives, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) program managers, officers, and staff attended a training conducted by key leaders from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE).
The trainers shared resources and provided technical assistance on engaging and including people with disabilities in ECA programs. This is part of the broad NCDE project objectives and a special initiative this year to enhance ECA programs.
Topics for the training included:
- ECA: The Diplomacy of Inclusion: Diversity/Disability
- National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange: History and Purpose
- The Americans With Disabilities Act: Rights, Responsibilities and Expectations
- Program planning for disability inclusion
- Access and technology
- Recruiting people with disabilities
- and more!
Additionally, attendees heard from a panel of ECA-sponsored international exchange program alumni with diverse disabilities, including alumni of the U.S. Fulbright program and a Program Officer for the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State.
- ECA Disability and Exchange Practitioner's Group
- The ECA-sponsored National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, administered by Mobility International USA