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High School Placements for Blind and Low Vision Students

It used to be that the majority of blind and low vision exchange students were placed in schools for the blind in the United States. That is no longer the case. Experienced exchange professionals know that there is no one size fits all approach to placing these talented students in U.S. high schools.

In the United States, the vast majority of secondary students with disabilities are mainstreamed in public high schools.

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English Testing for High School Students with Disabilities

Before they arrive in the U.S. for a life-changing cultural immersion experience, prospective high school exchange students from around the world are expected to demonstrate their level of English ability, usually by taking a standardized test. Whichever test you use to assess your applicants, learn how to adapt it to fairly and accurately measure the skills of students with disabilities.

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Disability Accommodations for the TOEFL, GRE and Other ETS Tests

Do you plan to take the TOEFL or GRE test? You may be eligible to receive disability-related accommodations through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers these and other tests. But start soon. All requests for testing accommodations must be reviewed and approved by ETS before you can schedule your test!

The information on this page will give you a general idea of what to expect. For complete details, instructions, and requirements, visit ETS' Information for Test Takers with Disabilities under Related Links.

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Pakistani Students with Disabilities: Asma's Tips to Access U.S. Study

In Pakistan people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and dependent for assistance on their families. Often they find it challenging to get an education and find jobs due to lack of accessibility, proper accommodation, inclusion, and proper laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities. I know this first-hand, as someone who is visually impaired and has gone through many hardships and faced many challenges. And yet, finally, with the blessings of Allah, I graduated with a degree in law this year!