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Sometimes you can't dream what you've never experienced.

These words ring loud and true, especially for people with disabilities, government officials, and other leaders who are working towards equal opportunity and disability rights throughout the world.

Is this you? If so, in your heart and mind you know that:

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Disability Presentations at the Women Deliver Conference

Held every three yeras, Women Deliver hosts a global conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. In 2019, it will host 5-minute Power Talks designed to inspire and inform.

As part of the Gender Equality series of Power Talks, MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall will present:

"Moving from Inclusion to Infiltration"

Day: Wednesday June 5, 2019

Time: 10:50 - 10:55 am local time

Location: The Speakers' Power Stage

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Susan Sygall to Present at UW's Inclusive Development Workshop

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, promises international development will “leave no one
behind”. Despite the fact that at least 20% of the world’s poorest are persons with disabilities, too often they are ignored in development
strategies and NGO programs, further marginalizing one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Cultural Differences & Disability: Tips for the Program Advisor

Disabled or not, all international travelers have experienced the awkwardness of being different or standing out in a new country. A person with a disability may also experience other cultural attitudes because of their disability.

Such experiences can be confusing, frustrating, or empowering. By their very presence and active participation in your exchange program, people with disabilities can challenge their own and others' perceptions.

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Clearinghouse Ambassador Adds Deaf Perspective to Diversity Abroad Summit

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (Clearinghouse) often seeks to engage exchange alumni who are Deaf or with disabilities to share their stories and experiences from their programs with a wider audience. The Clearinghouse also seeks to find leadership opportunities, such as speaking at conferences, webinars, and also share internship/job opportunities with alumni in the international exchange field. 

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MIUSA Open House 2019

Disability rights. Empowerment. Leadership. International experiences. Global activism.

Did you know that the organization Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is working on these issues right here in Eugene, Oregon?

Did you know that participating in international exchange is a great transition for youth with disabilities to access higher education and employment?

“We need more young people with all types of disabilities to be citizen diplomats and to know how they can study or volunteer abroad.” – Susan Sygall, MIUSA CEO and Co-Founder

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Dear NCDE: How do we get disability documentation for international students

Dear NCDE:

We typically need documentation in order to verify that a student has a disability before reasonable accommodations can be provided. How should we go about this in the case of international students?

Justin's response:

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is provided for general informational purposes only. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. 

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Spring into an International Career!

Promoting citizen diplomacy. Being an ambassador. Helping communities around the world access vital services.

These are just some of the perks of working in the fields of international exchange and/or international development. Imagine if more people with disabilities entered careers in these fields and became the leaders and decision-makers. Might we see a shift in how these fields engage disabled people so that they are represented in citizen diplomacy, and reached by humanitarian efforts?

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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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