In May 2017, U.S. disability legal experts traveled to Guatemala City to support and build on the progress made by Disabled Persons' Organizations (DPOs) and human rights advocates.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) called on the disability community - from the U.S. and around the world - to attend its 2017 annual conference in Washington, D.C., centered around the theme "Revolution: A Global Independent Living Movement."
It has been about six years since I returned home from my last international exchange. I spent the academic year of 2010-2011 studying Spanish literature and Latin American history at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago Chile. Since then I have been wondering just what it was about my exchange that gave my employment prospects such a boost. We recently launched the Clearinghouse's #LifeAfterExchange campaign looking at the long-term benefits of international exchange, so this seemed like a good time for further exploration.
Find opportunities to study, learn, and grow professionally in the U.S., whatever your disability. Your options are endless. As a person with a disability, you have the same right as everyone else to gain professional experience, study at a college or high school, learn English, or volunteer in the U.S.
As the first Latin American country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Optional Protocol (in 2008), Peru is often held up as an example by other countries in the region. In December 2012, Peru passed the General Law on Persons with Disabilities (No. 29973), which is considered closely in line with the CRPD.
Chart traveled to the United States from Thailand to get a Master's Degree in International Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California (USC) with the support of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP). At the time, he just wanted to get the top-notch education that the American system would open up for him. Just what he would do with that master’s degree would come later.
Having grown up as a blind man in a small town about three hours from Bangkok, Chart knew what it was like to live in a place with limited resources.
Who says your exchange experience has to end when you get home? We know that going abroad - for study, volunteerism, professional exchange and more - has a lasting impact on Deaf and disabled people's lives in many ways.
Did it have an impact on you? Create your own #LifeAfterExchange digital postcard to commemorate your time abroad and celebrate what it's helped you accomplish.
You could be one of them if:
Your photographs were captured on film. Actual film! That you had to get developed!
Your travel tales went un-chronicled on Instagram and Tumblr in favor of travel journals, postcards, and emails to friends (made on Hotmail or AOL accounts).
You want to re-connect with your overseas friends and host family, but you’re going to have to do some major detective work in order to track down their contact info.
Most language course work focuses on visual input as the main tool for teaching language. Students practice vocabulary by identifying pictures in the target language. Cultural curriculum focuses on the visual arts or landscapes. Exams ask students to match categories in corresponding lists.
Blind or visually impaired people benefit from language study in the same way as sighted students, but there are some key differences in the way that they learn. A multisensory approach to language teaching can help shift to a more inclusive environment.
By venturing to other countries, people with disabilities have demonstrated to themselves - and the world - that they are independent and successful, resilient and adaptable. They've gone on to work in the fields of law, disability advocacy, international education, journalism, and more. Their stories show how international exchange can be a profoundly transformative experience for those with disabilities—and their careers, skill sets, and personal development.
If you come to the U.S. on a professional program, internship, or cultural exchange, you will need to find resources and services in your U.S. host community that can meet your disability-related needs. International students, scholars and teachers can access disability services at their U.S. school but will sometimes need to find community resources, too.
Did you know that the Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries? Opportunities are available for U.S. college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Furthermore, people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The award recognizes the international development community’s innovative efforts to promote disability inclusion as a human rights issue.
MIUSA CEO Susan Sygall, who has known Ms. Heumann for more than 40 years, was thrilled at the nomination, describing her as "a true disability activist, someone who works day and night, 24/7, to enhance the lives of people with disabilities both in the US and around the world." This nomination was brought forth from InterAction's Disability Working Group.
The 2017 InterAction Forum brought together over 1000 NGO professionals from across the globe. There were several ways attendees were invited to engage with MIUSA staff during this invigorating week.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 3:15 - 4:45 pm
In order to achieve equity in higher education, we must make sure that all opportunities are available to everyone regardless of disability or other characteristics. Join the 2017 AHEAD conference this July for a week in Orlando, Florida, where you can attend three sessions presented by Mobility International USA's Project Coordinator, Justin Harford, and other higher education colleagues.