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MIUSA to Welcomed Malaysian Exchange Student with a Disability to the U.S.


MIUSA conducted a one-day arrival orientation for a high-school exchange student from Malaysia, who is participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The student has a disability, and joined a cohort of 10 other YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States.

The MIUSA orientation included:

  • Introduction to U.S. disability rights and culture
  • Site visit to non-profit serving community members with visual disabilities
  • Introduction to assistive technology and accommodations used in educational settings
  • Touch and audio tour of a cultural site
  • Goal setting for the semester ahead

The following day, the student traveled to their host community where they will spend the spring semester. 

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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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