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Arrival Orientation for International High School Students


MIUSA welcomed 28 FLEX/YES exchange students with disabilities to the United States

A warm MIUSA welcome to international exchange students from the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs!

Twenty-eight high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, in August. There, they experienced an orientation to help prepare them for their academic year in host communities across the United States.

The students represent 19 countries accross the world, and are all recipients of prestigious scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.

During the MIUSA orientation, students had the opportunity to learn about disability rights laws and the ADA, visit a U.S. high school and meet peer mentors, try adaptive recreation, and volunteer for local causes.

Throughout the program, MIUSA staff and a team of educational professionals also worked with the students to learn about their skills and access needs. This information is used to make key recommendations for each student’s support network, in order to help ensure a successful year in the U.S.!

Learn about previous participation by international youth with disabilities in this Infographic: Disability Inclusion in the FLEX and YES Programs, 2007-2016.

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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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