MIUSA conducted a one-day arrival orientation for a high-school exchange student from Malaysia, who is participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The student has a disability, and joined a cohort of 10 other YES students with disabilities already living and studying in host communities across the United States.
The MIUSA orientation included:
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by MIUSA, launches an initiative focused on local outreach to disability and exchange communities to increase the number of people with disabilities participating in international exchange more broadly!
International exchange is an excellent opportunity for people with and without disabilities, and can provide incredible professional and personal growth.
12/15/2017 - 12:20am
Resources for professionals, students, and alumni, of the YEAR college and university exchange program.
Most international students fund their U.S. studies through personal or family savings. The more scholarship money you receive, the less you and your family will have to pay using savings or loans. Learn the basic facts about scholarships, then browse examples of popular scholarship opportunities.
Resources for professionals, students, and alumni, of the FLEX and YES youth exchange program.
International high school and university exchange students with diverse disabilities travel to Eugene, Oregon each July and August, for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States. The students are all recipients of prestigious scholarships from the U.S.
When students travel to another country to study as part of an exchange program, the benefits don’t just accrue to the individual student — communities across borders gain from the experience.
USAID funds student exchanges between institutions in developing countries and U.S. colleges and universities. The students who come to the U.S. gain knowledge and skills they can use back home, which in the long run can result in higher employment, enhanced productivity and a stronger economy in their home country.
On December 3, 2017, Mobility International USA observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) by recognizing disabled leaders and allies who are moving this agenda forward through policy and legislation. In partnership with powerful disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and allies around the world, MIUSA’s efforts are strengthening both the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and national disability rights laws.
Here are a few highlights from around the globe worth celebrating:
11/29/2017 - 8:39pm
What is EDDI?
Excellence in Development and Disability Inclusion (EDDI) is MIUSA's membership-based group working toward inclusive international development. Member organizations are NGOs and others who are committed to access and ensuring that their programs are reaching people with disabilities.
The members of MIUSA's International Advisory Committee, launched in 2017, represent diverse fields and experiences. Their expertise and commitment to advancing disability rights and leadership globally will assist MIUSA to continue to reach its goals to:
In May 2017, I traveled to Peru for the second time with the MIUSA-led RightsNow! project. I was part of a training visit to build the capacity of disability leaders to implement and enforce disability rights laws in Peru. We brought 31 training participants together: 30 were leaders with disabilities, and almost two-thirds were women.
11/20/2017 - 11:05pm
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A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 16, 2017. Susan Sygall, co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and Susan Dunn, program manager for the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), will speak at the event.
The public is welcome at the reception. ASL interpretation will be available. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, exhibit text will be available in English and Spanish and an audio format of the exhibit will be available.
Every NGO wants to ensure that they reach the world’s most vulnerable populations and have diversity in their staff and populations they reach. Now, through a new membership initiative of Mobility International USA called Excellence in Development & Disability Inclusion (EDDI), innovative organizations can harness the expertise of MIUSA's network to build inclusive programs, establish access to services, remove barriers, and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
10/26/2017 - 5:59pm
Organized sports can be much more than a pastime. They can also be a way to teach leadership skills, encourage inclusiveness, and build confidence. In the right situation, sports can even be a tool for social change.
It was with that mindset that Trooper Johnson and Carlie Cook traveled to Morocco and Algeria as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Envoy program to promote inclusion and transform attitudes that marginalize people with disabilities.