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MIUSA Welcomed a Russian College Student with a Disability to the U.S.


An international exchange student participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program joined MIUSA for an orientation on disability rights in the United States.

MIUSA hosted an arrival orientation in July 2017 for a student participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program. She traveled to Eugene, Oregon, before embarking on a year of study at a U.S. university.

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 student:

  • Learned about disability rights history, laws, and culture in the United States.
  • Visited the University of Oregon‚Äôs Accessible Education Center to learn about support services available to students with disabilities on college campuses.
  • Meet with the American English Institute to learn how disability intersects with teaching english as a foreign langauage.
  • Experienced a fully accessible public transportation system.
  • Volunteered at Food for Lane County.
  • Participated in adaptive biking activity, visited an inclusive community fitness center, and learned about other adaptive community-based recreation opportunities.

Learn more about the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) 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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