MIUSA Welcomed a Russian College Student with a Disability to the U.S.

Student using a powerchair browsing books for sale on a table outside a shop
An international exchange student participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program joined MIUSA for an orientation on disability rights in the United States.
July 23, 2017 - July 27, 2017

MIUSA hosted an arrival orientation in July 2017 for a student participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program. She traveled to Eugene, Oregon, before embarking on a year of study at a U.S. university.

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.

During the MIUSA orientation, the student:

  • Learned about disability rights history, laws, and culture in the United States.
  • Visited the University of Oregon’s Accessible Education Center to learn about support services available to students with disabilities on college campuses.
  • Meet with the American English Institute to learn how disability intersects with teaching english as a foreign langauage.
  • Experienced a fully accessible public transportation system.
  • Volunteered at Food for Lane County.
  • Participated in adaptive biking activity, visited an inclusive community fitness center, and learned about other adaptive community-based recreation opportunities.

Learn more about the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program.


Event location: 

Eugene, Oregon, USA

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