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Webinar: Traveling with a Personal Attendant Between the USA and Other Countries

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.

Download a transcript And copies of the slides Under documents, and access the recording through our YouTube page. We hope you enjoy the materials, and can join us for our next webinar. You can also read Resources on:

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Global Leadership, Learning, and Change at NAFSA 2019

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.

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Roundtable Consortium (RTC) Bridging Disability and Exchange

Pioneering disability and international exchange organizations are partnering as members to the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange’s Roundtable Consortium to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the broad range of international exchange programs.

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MIUSA to DREAM Network: "Access the World!"

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.

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Community College Focus on Internationalization and Inclusion

U.S. community colleges provide a wide range of academic and professional programs, and are increasing internationalization efforts across campus! These community colleges are eager to join the ranks of institutions with increasing participation in international exchange programs for both American and international students, and want to know how to best recruit, advise, and plan for disability-related accommodations. 

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Dear NCDE: What About Emotional Support Animals and Exchange?

More and more students with mental health disabilities are bringing emotional support animals (ESAs) on overseas programs. Conflicts between cross-border definitions of assistance animals and peers who have severe allergies to pet dander have left professionals scrambling to respond. Here are some of our suggestions for one professional who contacted us through our Inquiry and Referral service:

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Discussing Inclusion at Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

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. 

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Summer 2020 "Access to Exchange Fellowship" in Eugene, Oregon

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The NCDE is seeking college students and recent graduates who are interested in a career in international exchange! The goal is to provide college students and recent graduates professional and leadership skills related to inclusive international exchange.

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Santiago is seated in a wheelchair, motioning with his hands as he speaks. He is on a stage with couches behind him.

MIUSA Alum Receives Matusak Courageous Leadership Award

"Santiago embodies the Lorraine Matusak award. He does not wait for change. He boldly empowers others to be change agents."

- Susan Sygall, CEO of MIUSA in her presentation of the award to Santiago at the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Global Summit in December 2018

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Celebrating Our Global Family

With a mission to advance leadership and disability rights globally, every day at MIUSA is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Working with more than 2300 alumni from over 135 countries, we put our trust and hopes in the thousands of disabled activists and allies we have been privileged to work with over the past 38 years.

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Advising Participants with Disabilities: How to Begin

When a prospective or accepted international exchange participant with a disability contacts you, how can you be a knowledgeable and approachable advisor?  We have developed tipsheets you can use to build your capacity for access and inclusion as well as disability assessment forms and guiding questions that you can use to get valuable details from the individual.

While each situation is different, the process is straightforward:

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