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Webinar: Traveling with a Personal Attendant Between the USA and Other Countries


People with physical disabilities requiring the support of a PA must navigate a maze of financial concerns and visa applications to avoid interruptions in PA services.

Does that sound like you or a student that you are advising? Whether you are traveling overseas, or coming to the United States with your PA, this lineup of speakers will help clarify how to make it happen.

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Meet Our Presenters:

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Abigail Lehner

Abby is thrilled to be participating in another MIUSA Webinar! Abby is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she studied Communication & International Affairs. During her college experience, she traveled to Berlin, Germany to participate in the global internship program by CIEE. Staying true to her passion for travel and education, she now works as a Communications Coordinator at CIEE, Portland, ME. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Abby has had to navigate various travel methods as a person with a physical disability who uses a wheelchair. One of these challenges was finding a way to bring a personal care assistant with her during her Berlin internship. She is excited to share her knowledge with others who are interested in the question of how to bring an assistant abroad.

Sergio Taleisnik

Sergio Taleisnik, who is a wheelchair user, poses outside in front of a large, metal structure.

Sergio is a Systems Engineer from Argentina and, through a fellowship administered by the Fulbright commission, he is now undertaking in the US a graduate program in his all-time passion: Aeronautics. He’s living in Daytona Beach, FL, as a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Sergio has a Cervical Spinal Cord Injury and brought with him a personal assistant from Argentina. After almost two years of experience, Sergio now has a working knowledge of all the legal aspects involved on bringing and keeping a foreign assistant in the US, and will be sharing his experience in the webinar.

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Justin Harford

Justin is a Program Coordinator at Mobility International with the National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange project. He works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in mainstream international exchange by filling the information gaps for professionals and people with disabilities through direct advising, developing a collection of online materials, and organizing workshops. Justin spent the summer of 2008 studying Spanish in Mexico, and the 2010-2011 academic year at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile making progress on his Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American history.

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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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