Save the Date for the 2020 Joining Hands Symposium

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The next Joining Hands Symposium on disability and international exchange will be hosted at Gallaudet University on Friday, July 31st.
July 31, 2020

Gallaudet University's Office of International Affairs and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) are partnering to hold the next Joining Hands Symposium on July 31, 2020. Joining Hands is a one-day conference to share good practices for enhancing international exchange opportunities for people with all types of disabilities.

In July 2018, the NCDE held the previous Joining Hands conference, which was attended by a diverse group of people who are passionate about enhancing disability access in the broad range of international exchange opportunities. This included international exchange alumni with disabilities, disability rights leaders, international educators and exchange professionals, U.S. Department of State staff, volunteer-sending programs, and others.

Following the success of the 2018 Symposium, NCDE made a call to attendees seeking partnerships for future events in order to sustain the dialogue and progress; Gallaudet University answered. The NCDE is very excited for this growing collaboration and is looking forward to sharing it with everyone this summer at Gallaudet's campus!

More details will be forthcoming including a call for session proposals and exhibiting opportunities. 

Check out highlights from Joining Hands 2018.

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: 

Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University; Washington, DC