Save the Date: Joining Hands Virtual Symposium July 28 - Aug 4, 2021

"National Clearinghouse on Disability Exchange Joining Hands Virtual Symposium Image of two hands cupping the globe.
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) hosts its second Joining Hands Virtual Symposium and you won't want to miss it!
July 28, 2021 - August 4, 2021

The NCDE is excited to announce its second Joining Hands "Virtual" Symposium on disability inclusion in international exchange. Registration is currently not open, but will be coming soon!

Visit the official Joining Hands Virtual Symposium website for highlights and programming from last summer, which includes session recordings, session materials, and virtual accessibility resources.


This summer's Joining Hands Virtual Symposium will offer another dynamic, creative, and inclusive program on disability inclusion in international exchange. Utilizing a webinar platform, the NCDE will offer dynamic sessions, thoughtful speakers, and more! Below are a few highlights of what we experienced during last summer's symposium:

  • Through this virtual platform, we heard from disability activists from all across the world about the impact of international exchange on disability rights
  • We had an in-depth conversation on disability and intersectionality with international exchange alumni with disabilities and who identify with other diverse identities
  • We collected a number of posters on inclusion through our Virtual Poster Fair
  • Many joined us for “Disability at the Movies” watching the short film Opening Doors to College discussing the hundreds of colleges across the U.S. that are opening doors to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities followed by a discussion on opening doors to study abroad for the students as well
  • We also learned many practical tips from building accessible virtual exchange programs to identifying resources and tools to support and fully integrate both American and international participants with disabilities in all types of international exchange programs. 


  • 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!

If you have any requests for this summer's symposium, such as session topics, or are interested in presenting, mmalhotra [at] (subject: Joining%20Hands%202021%20request) (please email the NCDE)! We would like to hear from you.

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.  

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