The NCDE is excited to announce that the Joining Hands Symposium will still take place this summer and will be a unique FREE virtual event August 12-21!
This summer's Virtual Joining Hands Symposium promises to be just as successful as 2018. Utilizing a webinar platform, the NCDE looks forward to engaging a wider audience across the world with dynamic sessions, thoughtful speakers, a robust poster fair, and additional engagement activities!
In July 2018, the NCDE held its previous Joining Hands event, 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, international educators and exchange professionals, U.S. Department of State staff, volunteer-sending programs, disability rights leaders, and others.
Following the success of the 2018 Symposium, NCDE decided to partner with Gallaudet University for a 2020 Joining Hands Symposium in order to sustain the dialogue and progress. The NCDE was excited for this growing collaboration and looked forward to seeing everyone this summer at Gallaudet's campus, but due to the current global pandemic the NCDE and Gallaudet will postpone this in person symposium until next summer.
- Persons with disabilities interested in participating in international exchange
- International exchange alumni with disabilities
- International educators and exchange practitioners
- Disability organizations and disability service professionals
- U.S. Department of State staff
- Volunteer-sending organizations
- Anyone interested in enhancing disability access in the broad range of international opportunities and citizen diplomacy!
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.