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One late afternoon in March 2020 I was in my Zoom class learning about molecular biology, when I got an unexpected email. It was an acceptance letter from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST) for their annual summer internship program. IST is a federal research institute in Vienna, Austria working on cutting-edge discoveries in a variety of STEM fields such as physics, mathematics, computer, and life sciences. I had just spent the last three months applying and getting rejected from STEM internships across the country.
Precious Perez, a 2021 NCDE Extern, shares a webinar to speak about her study abroad journey to Valencia alongside people who supported her throughout her journey, including one of her professors in Spain.
In Pakistan people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and dependent for assistance on their families. Often they find it challenging to get an education and find jobs due to lack of accessibility, proper accommodation, inclusion and proper laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities. I know this first-hand, as someone who is visually impaired and has gone through many hardships and faced many challenges. And yet, finally with the blessings of Allah, I graduated with a degree in law this year!
In 2018, Carina Ho was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to promote access to dance for people with disabilities in Uruguay. As a wheelchair-user, Carina wanted to share her passion for dance and philosophy of dance to more people globally and did so specifically in Montevideo, Uruguay during her Fulbright Fellowship.
"This training feels like the key to actually acting on our principles about disability rights." - Yifat Susskind, the Executive Director of MADRE
The U.S. Department of State-sponsored National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) often receives questions about how colleges and universities can support international Deaf students. One program that has tackled this challenge in an innovative way is the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
Meenakshi Das (Meena), an international Computer Science student from India, advanced her programming career by studying Computer Science in the United States. She was selected as one of 12 recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship in North America in 2018 and was also invited for a 2 day scholars retreat at Google Headquarters in Mountain View in the summer to socialize with other scholarship winners and learn more about Google. Meena also gained practical experience at several tech companies in the U.S.
As soon as Anthony heard he would need to find an internship for his Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Promotion, he knew he wanted to complete it abroad. He wished to further his cultural awareness and knew he wanted to spend time living in a Spanish-speaking country, since he already spoke some of the language. After finding out about the Gilman Scholarship from his professor, Anthony applied and was awarded a scholarship to fund his time abroad.