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Access to Exchange Summer Institute (AESI)

08/10/2021 - 08/26/2021

The application for AESI 2021 is closed. Sign up to our news letter to find out when to apply for AESI 2022 next spring.

You are probably not the only one. Studying abroad for the first time can be overwhelming for anyone. You have to decide on a program, make sure that you will receive credit towards any degree programs you might be completing, obtain a passport and successfully solicit a visa from the host country. After that, there is the actual international experience which can be intimidating if you have only recently been living on your own.

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That's a Wrap: 2021 Joining Hands Virtual Symposium

07/28/2021 - 08/04/2021

The NCDE hosted its 2021 Joining Hands Virtual Symposium on disability inclusion in international exchange from July 28-August 4th and it concluded in its hopes for continued learning, engagement, and collaboration!

Visit the official Joining Hands Virtual Symposium website for this summers program and also highlights and programming from last summer, which includes session recordings, session materials, and virtual accessibility resources. Stayed turned for this summer's session recordings!

Disability Access Top of Mind at Global Internship Conference 2021

06/14/2021 - 06/18/2021

Session 2 | The Future is Accessible: How International Internships Open Doors to Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 15 at 12:00noon – 1:15pm EST

Presentation 1: The Future is Accessible: How International Internships Open Doors to Students with Disabilities

Meet Us Virtually During NAFSA 2021

06/01/2021 - 06/04/2021

Session: "Disability and Intersectionality: Conversations with Education Abroad Alumni with Disabilities"

When: Thursday, June 3, 2021 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Going abroad often challenges people to explore identity in surprising ways. Study abroad alumni reflect on their experiences abroad, touching on the dynamics and interplay between disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and more. Their stories demonstrate how international education can help people better understand other individuals’ identities.

Rachel Garaghty, a wheelchair user, is in a classroom with 8 other people, including people with disabilities, in Tanzania.

Webinar: Connecting with Disability Communities Abroad


Sometimes discussions of disability and international exchange can focus too much on the deficits, without noting that disability can also be a key to a more enhanced experience unavailable to one's nondisabled peers. There are disability communities in every country, and having a disability gives one an automatic in to these networks. As a result it can sometimes be easier for people with disabilities to integrate into their local communities. Locals with disabilities can also support in the process of adjusting to a culture with different approaches to independence, or access. 

Sheila Xu, a Fulbright alumna, speaking at a conference in front of a presentation.

Webinar: Fulbright for Students with Disabilities


Join staff from the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright, and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) to learn more about Fulbright and access for students with disabilities.  

What: Fulbright info session for applicants with disabilities

When: Monday, May 24

Time: 1-2pm (PT)/4-5pm (ET)

How: Register for the Zoom webinar

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Webinar: People with Disabilities - Insider’s Guide to the World of International Exchange


Though there are opportunities for people with disabilities to study or volunteer abroad alongside nondisabled peers, some don't know where to start. Others don't know these opportunities exist. In April 2021, Justin spoke with a panel of representatives from well-known international education organizations about the extraordinary opportunities available for people with disabilities in international education. The panel discussed scholarships, exchange opportunities and disability related concerns like reasonable accommodations, disclosure and accessibility abroad.

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Webinar - Never Too Early: Youth with Disabilities Abroad


In the last week of March, join the NCDE to hear from a panel of individuals with different disabilities who studied or interned abroad as young adults. NCDE project coordinator Justin Harford will talk with them about the opportunities for young disabled people to study or volunteer abroad, how they made it work and what they personally have gained from their times abroad.

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Accessible Virtual Exchange: Two-Part Webinar Series

11/17/2020 - 11/19/2020

After our Joining Hands Virtual Symposium many attendees appreciated our session on accessible virtual exchanges and they asked that we do it again. We learned more about the unique opportunities presenting in a virtual space and brought you a two-part series on accessible virtual exchange, which occurred during International Education Week (IEW) in 2020.