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The MIUSA workshop was very useful because I became more independent, brave and self-confident. I also did things that I never thought I can do. I met a lot of awesome, great and amazing people and friends! - Valeria, FLEX student from Moldova
Twenty-six international high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, this August for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.
Co-convening with MIUSA's signature international exchange program, WILD, the Gender, Disability and Development Institute (GDDI) brings senior-level development professionals together with disabled women leaders from developing countries, all delegates of the WILD program. The event is a unique opportunity to bridge these two communities to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.
The EducationUSA Forum happened and Mobility International USA (MIUSA) was there! The annual forum is designed for professionals at accredited U.S. colleges and universities seeking to recruit, enroll, and support international students.
MIUSA staff who work on the National Clearinghouse on Disability Exchange (NCDE) project, sponsored by the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), were represented to make sure people with disabilities are not missing from these conversations.
The 8th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) brought together 20 women leaders with disabilities from 20 different countries to Eugene, Oregon, USA from July 30th - August 21st, 2016. This intensive leadership training program served to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions and build international networks of support for women with disabilities.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has provided new and increased opportunities for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to support the international development of the Independent Living Movement. This year at the 2016 Annual Conference on Independent Living, organized by the National Council on Independent Living, attend sessions that support the conference's International Track to learn what opportunities exist to connect to and support international development of the movement globally.
It takes a village to ensure that a student with a disability achieves her or his goal of studying abroad or participating in similar international experiences; however, that "village" doesn't always get to hear about the outcomes.
International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) will hold its annual conference bringing together counselors and institutions from around the world in support of secondary students transitioning to higher education.
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries, which promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States.
Individuals with disabilities, like their non-disabled peers, seek out internships, teaching, and volunteering in order to increase their employment skills and career opportunities. Additionally, they are participating in international opportunities to gain personal development, cross-cultural skills, and to exchange knowledge with communities abroad.