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Arrival Orientation for International High School Students


MIUSA welcomed 23 high school exchange students with disabilities to the United States.

Twenty-three international high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, in August for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.

The students represented 16 diverse countries and are all recipients of prestigious scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.

During the MIUSA orientation, students had the opportunity to learn disability rights laws, visit a U.S. high school, try adaptive bicycling, and volunteer with local organizations.

Throughout the program, MIUSA staff and a team of educational professionals worked with and observed the students to compile information about their skills and access needs. This information is shared, along with key recommendations, with each student’s support network in order to help prepare the students for 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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