Does that sound like you or a student that you are advising? Whether you are traveling overseas, or coming to the United States with your PA, this lineup of speakers will help clarify how to make it happen.
All NAFSA attendees are welcome to join MIG Co-Chair Justin Harford and others passionate about enhancing access to international education for students and staff with disabilities. Discuss updates, share resources and good practices, and network with fellow champions.
The next GDDI will take place July 22-25, 2019. To request an invitation and to be notified when registration to GDDI 2019 opens, please fill out this short online form.
GDDI brings international development and human rights actors together with disabled women leaders from around the world to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women and girls with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.
Twenty-five disabled women activists from Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa will convene for the 9th international Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), to be held July 13 – August 3, 2019. WILD is MIUSA's signature exchange program on disabled women's leadership.
As we celebrate International Women's Day, we are approaching our 9th Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) in Eugene, Oregon, which will bring together 25 disabled women activists from Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Jordan, Malawi, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Tanzania, Turkey, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe.
More than ever, students with disabilities are taking advantage of the same opportunities abroad that non-disabled students pursue, gaining personal and professional skills in the process. And they’re not just sticking to the traditional destinations! Students with diverse types of disabilities have taken Hindi lessons in India; conducted thesis research in Trinidad; interned abroad in South Africa.
Even though the numbers are steadily rising, people with disabilities are still significantly underrepresented in community college international exchange programs. Promoting study abroad for community college students, including students with disabilities, is a natural extension of the community college commitment to diversity and the reality of today’s global community.
The future is accessible! That is the expectation as more people with disabilities - the world’s largest minority community - continue to enter mainstream spaces, assume leadership positions, and identify and advocate for full inclusion. Education abroad serves to create a pipeline of emerging leaders with disabilities equipped with the global competencies necessary to further social justice at a greater scale.
As international educators, we can effect changes big and small to support students who think study abroad is out of reach. Attendees of the NAFSA Region I conference are invited to join MIUSA staff and others at the NAFSA Region I conference for the session:
“Is it Accessible?”: (Re)Designing Education Abroad with a Disability Lens
Wednesday, October 17
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Oak 1
Gallaudet University's Office of Research Support and International Affairs and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) held the "Go Global Fair" to promote the wide breadth of international exchange opportunities to more students who are Deaf.
Wondering how to enhance your college experience by traveling to another country? Students with different types of disabilities - including those with physical, sensory, chronic health, learning, and intellectual disabilities - have been everywhere and anywhere to earn credit while gaining unique experiences.
MIUSA staff will exhibit at the virtual Disabled and Proud conference to share resources from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange on how college students with disabilities can access international exchange.
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has made a reputation for itself as a leader engaging youth with disabilities. For this reason, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) chose to attend in order to connect with more youth about access to international exchange.
During the conference, the NCDE connected with young adults with disabilities and the professionals who seek them out at the grassroots level, to share about the many opportunities to study or volunteer abroad with entities like Peace Corps, Fulbright, Boren and beyond.
A warm MIUSA welcome to international exchange students from the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programs!
Twenty-eight high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, in August. There, they experienced an orientation to help prepare them for their academic year in host communities across the United States.
The students represent 19 countries accross the world, and are all recipients of prestigious scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.