FLEX and YES Resources

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Resources for placement organizations, local coordinators, host families, host schools, students, and alumni, of the FLEX or YES high school exchange programs.

Links to resources below, also in the Table of Contents to the right. 



Advising Participants with Disabilities: How to Begin

Infographics: Disability Inclusion in the FLEX and YES Programs, 2007-2016

Making Disability Inclusion a Priority in Youth Programs

Advising Blind and Low Vision Exchange Participants

An Overview of Braille Around the World

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Accommodations


Recruitment and Application Process

10 Recruitment Tips to Attract People with Disabilities

English Testing for High School Students with Disabilities

Disability Inclusion in Youth Exchange

EducationUSA Uses Assistive Technology to Increase Access

Youth Exchange Recruiter Shares Passion for Inclusion


Placement and Hosting

Cluster Leader Shares Best Practices for Inclusion

IEPs and 504 Plans: Understanding the Difference

Which U.S. School or University is Best to Place a Student with a Disability?

Finding Accessible Host Families

High School Placements for Deaf Exchange Students

How to be Independent in the U.S. as a Blind Visitor

High School Placements for Blind and Low Vision Students

Wheelchair Access in Lodging

Texas School Welcomes Blind Egyptian Student

Area Coordinator Reflects on Placing a Student with a Disability

Student with Disability is Host Family's Shining Star

Last Minute Decision Leads to Unforgettable Hosting Experience

Family Reflects on Hosting Students with Disabilities

Costs and Legal Obligations

Disability Organizations in the U.S.


YES Alumni Stories

An Extraordinary Ordinary Year (Indonesia/Physical)

Focused on the Purpose (Ghana/Hearing)

Exchange Year Adds to Colors of Life (Turkey/Vision)

In a World Far From the Philippines (Philippines/Short Stature)

Dear Future Exchange Student (Bosnia-Herzegovina/Vision)

Bringing New Perspectives Home to Cameroon (Cameroon/Albinism)

Like Father, Like Son (Pakistan/Hearing)

One Dream Leads to Another (Turkey/Vision)

My Golden Year in America (Pakistan/Vision)


FLEX Alumni Stories

Video: A FLEX Student Turned Disability Rights Leader (Russia/Physical)

Teen with a Disability Adds Flag to Hall of Nations (Kyrgyzstan/Physical)

A Year of New Experiences (Russia/Physical)

Exchange Experience Sparks New Opportunities (Georgia/Vision)

A New Commitment to Social Justice (Kyrgyzstan/Physical)

Flying High to Study in the United States (Moldova/Physical)