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Disability Basics at European Higher Education Conference


Is receiving or sending a student with a disability across country borders new to you? You don’t need to be a disability expert to be a good international advisor, but it’s helpful to be prepared.

This interactive session at 10:30-11:30 am on September 16, 2016, “Students with disabilities: A primer for mobility advisers,” educated attendees at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference on strategies to resolve access barriers in study abroad. Activities sought to dispel misconceptions about specific disabilities, guide in respectful interactions, and build confidence to champion inclusion. Two long-time disability professionals, who have been educating about inclusion in the international exchange field for decades, teamed up for this session: Ann Heelan, Executive Director of AHEAD Ireland & Michele Scheib, Project Specialist, Mobility International USA.


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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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