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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 together international development actors and 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.
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.
From October 5 to October 8, we will be at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street, Denver, CO connecting 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.
We will also be hosting a workshop on how to volunteer or study abroad in collaboration with staff from The University Of Colorado Boulder on Sunday, October 7 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM.
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), PACER Center and Accessible College presented a webinar to parents to address the benefits and common concerns regarding their children with disabilities participating in studying or volunteering abroad.
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.
MIUSA hosted an arrival orientation in July 2018, for students participating in the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program. The students traveled to Eugene, Oregon, before embarking on a year of study at universities across the country.
The YEAR program provides an opportunity for students to live in the U.S. for a year while learning about American society, educating Americans about Russian history and culture, improving English speaking skills, strengthening knowledge in an academic field, and experiencing immersion in a local community.
From going abroad to hosting international visitors to working in international careers and more, participating in international exchange and citizen diplomacy opportunities can have a positive impact on a person’s employability, independent living skills, confidence, leadership, and other personal qualities.
“The spirit of the symposium was so affirmative and life-reinforcing - we all felt welcome and included and engaged.”
“I felt like for the first time I was in the room with all the people I needed to talk to. PLEASE do this event again!”
“The event was a great mix of practical, informative resources/knowledge and personal narratives/experiences -- to me, it struck the perfect balance.”