MIUSA hosted an arrival orientation in July 2018, for students participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program. The students traveled to Eugene, Oregon, before embarking on a year of study at universities across the country.
The YEAR program provides an opportunity for students to live in the U.S. for a year while learning about American society, educating Americans about Russian history and culture, improving English speaking skills, strengthening knowledge in an academic field, and experiencing immersion in a local community.
During the MIUSA orientation, the students:
- Learned about disability rights, history, laws, and culture in the United States.
- Visited the University of Oregon’s Accessible Education Center to learn about support services available to students with disabilities on college campuses.
- Volunteered at local School Gardens
- Participated in adaptive recreation, including biking, climbing, and visited an inclusive community fitness center.
- Received consultation and mobility training from accommodation specialists.
- Met with experts in their fields of interest, to learn about how their majors intersect with disability. Topics included universal design in architecture, disability representation in cinema, and more!
Eugene, Oregon, USA