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The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange invites you to explore international exchange and disability in the cultural context and landscapes of East Asia and the Pacific!

According to a recent Open Doors report, countries in East Asia continue to be among the leading places of origin of international students, with China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Taiwan ranking in the top six sending countries. In addition, the region offers numerous opportunities for U.S. individuals to engage in international exchange, including programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and multiple exchange providers.

Launching during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and over the next several months, NCDE will highlight opportunities and stories that promote the representation of people with disabilities in the exciting exchange programs to and from East Asia and the Pacific.  Explore the following pages, and check back for updates!

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Geraldine is a young woman with Asian heritage wearing graduation gown with Japanese flag motif, stands in a field of pink, yellow and white cherry blossomsStories from Exchange Alumni with Disabilities

  • Explore the stories of international exchange alumni with disabilities, including U.S. participants who traveled to the Asia-Pacific region, as well as exchange participants from the Asia-Pacific region who traveled to the U.S.


Jaelyn is a young black woman dressed in warm red coat smiling at camera while standing on the Great Wall of China covered in snowDisability & Exchange Resources

  • Discover resources for international exchange participants for traveling to or from East Asia and the Pacific with a disability.


Alahna is a young Asian American woman seated in a wheelchair in front of a lake with a tall Japanese gate emerging from the waterInternational Exchange Opportunities to and from Asia-Pacific

  • Apply for opportunities, programs, and scholarships both for U.S. citizens to travel to Asia-Pacific and for citizens of the Asia-Pacific region to travel to the U.S.

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