International Students with Disabilities Panel: Advancing Our Careers Through U.S. Study

Digital illustration of 5 people reading. Person on left reads a book titled English, person next to them wears headphones and holds a tablet, two people hold a book titled ASL and gesture with their hands, final person reads book titled Arabic and is sitting in a wheelchair.
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December 8, 2020

Every year, individuals with disabilities enhance their professional skills, improve their English, earn advanced degrees, and start their careers through U.S. study. On December 8, 2020, NCDE spoke with a panel of international students with different disabilities about their U.S. educational experiences.


  • Date: December 8, 2020
  • Time: 4pm (PST)
  • Registration
  • Access the YouTube recording. The transcript is under documents.


  • Justin Harford (moderator), Program Coordinator, National Clearinghouse on Disabaility and Exchange (NCDE), MIUSA
  • Justice Chukwu (blind) is a human rights attorney from Nigeria who came to the United States to complete a Masters Degree in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Sergio Taleisnik (physical disability) is a systems engineer from Argentina who earned his Masters Degree in Aeronautics at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2018. He spoke about his experience coming to the United States with his personal care attendant in a previous NCDE webinar.
  • Wei Wang (deaf) is a documentarian from China who earned her Bachelor of Arts from Gallaudet University followed by an MFA from American University in Washington, DC. She also shared about her experience first learning English and American Sign Language (ASL) at Gallaudet's American English Institute before going on to earn her BA and MFA in the NCDE podcast, Ripple Effects: Travelers with Disabilities Abroad.


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.  

Event location: 

Zoom Meeting