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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.

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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
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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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Webinar: Studying Abroad in Japan with ADHD

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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. 

Tip Sheets
A small group of people are seated in a boat on a river. Most are people of color wearing dress common to Bangladesh. A white man with grey hair sits to the far right.

International Exchange for Late-Career Professionals

Before you begin your search, consider:

  • Type of experience. Are you interested in conducting academic research? Service-learning/volunteering? Sharing your expertise with a local community?
  • Length of program. Would a short-term program (ranging from a few weeks to a few months) be ideal, or are you interested in a longer-term experience (6-24 months)?
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#MIUSAMeetup 2019: Sharing our Passion for International Exchange

Staff from Mobility International USA (MIUSA) held a meet-up event for a casual evening of networking and visiting with new friends, potential collaborators, world travelers with and without disabilities, disability rights advocates, and others who are passionate about promoting access to international educational exchange.

The meet-up was an energetic evening filled with enthusiastic introductions, collaborative discussions, and dynamic strategies to carry on these new partnerships to ensure disability inclusion in international exchange and international development!

Tip Sheets
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Japan Focus: ADHD and Traveling with Medication

From time to time we get inquiries from people with ADHD wishing to study in Japan, and they are overwhelmed with the confusing maze of rules and regulations vis-à-vis their medications. Japan’s rules for medications, such as those related to ADHD or pain management, are unique, and they required a unique tipsheet.

A Yakkan Shoumei is a certificate authorizing permission for you to bring medication into the country.

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South Asian women with apparent and non-apparent disabilities dancing together merrily

Moving with the Movement: A MIUSA Celebration and Fundraiser

For over 38 years, MIUSA has been working to advance the global disability rights movement, mobilizing over 2300 alumni from more than 135 countries. We've been able to do this with support from current and former homestay families, community supporters, funders, staff, volunteers, interns, board members, and partners...that's YOU!

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A group of five people - one who appears to be a man wearing a yamulke, a woman who wears a headscarf, a woman who wears a plaid shirt, and more stand in a line smiling, looking at something in the distance. They stand in a cream colored room decorated with strings of white lights and colorful balloons.

Apply for the MIUSA Experience

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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Photo of cherry blossoms overlaid with Washington logo and text: University of Washington, Henry Jackson School of International Studies; Disability Inclusive Development Initiative (DIDI)

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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