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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.
Miles first discovered his interest in Japan in elementary school. His best friend was always wanting to show him the latest manga and anime that she had discovered, but Miles wasn't interested and would always say that he would try to look at it later. That "later" came when he was 13 years old and he read his first piece of manga. That led to him watching an anime show. Between the Japanese language, storyline and school uniforms, Miles was hooked.
As a child growing up in Indonesia where accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing children is lacking, Cristophorus Budidharma once believed that subjects such as science and math were out of reach for him. It wasn't until later, when he learned that many deaf and hard of hearing people succeed in the STEM fields, that he broke with these beliefs and resolved to learn English, math and science for himself as an undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States. And he's not stopping there.
What it Is
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Recipients are awarded up to $5000 (or $8000 including the Critical Need Language Award) to be used toward the cost of study abroad or international internship programs.