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Tip Sheets
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Costs & Legal Obligations

Many exchange advisors assume that accommodating people with disabilities in their programs will be prohibitively expensive. In fact, many accommodations are cost-free or quite inexpensive. The key to finding low-cost solutions is to foster open communication with the exchange participant and to think broadly about the possibilities and resources available to the organization and the participant.

Personal Stories
Collage of an ID badge showing Justin; a Hong Kong stamp; sticker of a pelican; photo of Justin in an orchard

Community Colleges Open Doors

View this article as it appears in the AWAY journal (PDF).

When Justin, a man with left hip dysplasia, did not make it into the University of Hong Kong, he was in good company. Since the government fixes the number of spots available for local students enrolling in the highly coveted public university system, space is limited. In a given year, only around 20% of applicants make it. That means 80% don't.

News
Portrait of Marca Bristo smiling

MIUSA Honors the Legacy of Marca Bristo

It is with great sadness but also with great respect and admiration that we honor the legacy of Marca Bristo. She was a fearless disability rights leader who united people around the world so that strategies, accomplishments, and challenges could be shared among the international disability movement.

We will miss Marca but hope that our efforts to make this a more just and equitable world will be a testament to Marca’s tireless efforts that paved the way. 

Books and Journals
Purple notebook labeled "AWAY: Community Colleges" on a desk scattered with traveler photos and school supplies

A World Awaits You: Community Colleges Issue

3 Ways to Read this Issue of AWAY:

  • Online: Stay on this page to begin reading; click on linked prompts to advance to the next article.
  • Electronic files: Download the full issue in accessible PDF or Word formats by clicking under Documents, below.
Personal Stories
A young man, viewed from behind, uses a purple marker to write "Eric C" on a colorful wall that has been airbrushed with green, black and pink patterns. He wears a knit cap and sweatshirt.

Embrace the Uncertainty: Studying Abroad in Scotland

The first time flying by myself was during my senior year at Clark University, when I embarked on a semester abroad at the University of Stirling. I remember talking to friends about feeling very nervous about the upcoming semester, and they said that it is normal to be nervous about something unknown. They advised me to embrace the uncertainty. This concept was new to me, but it helped to create a wonderful experience in Scotland.

When I got to Stirling, I moved into a dorm with most of the other exchange students.

Event
Two people ride on tandem bicycle on a paved path.

Taking a Ride to the Abilities Expo -Boston!

Abilities Expo is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. It's about introducing opportunities that can enrich our lives...especially ones that we never knew were out there.

News
5 WILD delegates – all of whom are women who represent different countries and diverse disabilities, ethnicities, and backgrounds – gather in a conference room holding a large hand-written sign that reads #ADA29. Some women have assistive devices such as white canes, crutches or wheelchairs, while others have non-apparent disabilities. Attire includes “business casual,” jeans and t-shirts, and clothing that is reflective of the women’s respective regions, countries or cultures. They wear cheerful expression

International Visitors Celebrate 29 Years of the ADA

For 29 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has prohibited discrimination based on disability. This summer, 22 disabled women leaders from 22 countries participating in Mobility International USA’s 2019 Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) are exploring the many rights and opportunities which are now available because of the ADA and the activists who fought for it.

Tip Sheets
Young American with learning disability smiles with two Muslim women during a cultural exchange

What if They Don't Disclose?

No one likes to feel un-informed, especially when having to make arrangements or decisions related to international exchange. Learn now how to be prepared even without knowing who has a disability (or might have their first onset of one overseas).

You can shift from focusing on how to know enough, early enough, to accommodate someone with a disability – why not instead focus on your own ability to put in place good program standards (or verify such standards with those you partner with)? This is more in your control.

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A woman uses ceremonial hand washing area at a Buddhist temple.

Webinar: Studying Abroad in Japan with ADHD

Register now

Commonly prescribed medications like Vyvanse and Adderall can be illegal in some countries even if legally obtained elsewhere. In addition to prescriptions, common concerns for students, advisors, and parents include how ADHD might be perceived in Japanese society and universities. 

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