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Disability and Innovation Session at CIEE Conference on Global Education


Presenters explored how people with disabilities are driving innovation in the field of international education.

The future is accessible! That is the expectation as more people with disabilities – the world’s largest minority community – continue to enter mainstream spaces, assume leadership positions, and identify and advocate for full inclusion. Education abroad serves to create a pipeline of emerging leaders with disabilities equipped with the global competencies necessary to further social justice at a greater scale.

To fulfill the theme of CIEE’s 2018 annual conference on international education in Barcelona, Spain, staff and alumni from MIUSA and CIEE presented “Disability Driving Innovation: Building Accessibility into Our Design Thinking,” a session exploring the principles of Universal Design and examining models that proactively address disability access in international education programming, from assessing accessibility at overseas sites to participant evaluation, and more.

Presenters were:

  • Susan Sygall, MIUSA
  • Abigail Lehner, CIEE Alumna
  • Morgan Reiss, CIEE
  • Ashley Holben, MIUSA

Download the presentation slides as PPT or PDF files under “Documents” below. Photos are described.

Scroll down for a few photos from the session! View in Flickr for full image descriptions.

See also our tip sheet on 10 Steps Towards a Universally Designed Program

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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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