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Strategies for Including Students with Intellectual Disabilities in International Exchange

Getting Started

  • Reach out to your campus Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) and disability services office about funding a Personal Assistant (PA). Learn more about CTPs in our best practices article.
  • Produce plain language versions of program materials.
  • Offer information such as timelines, summaries of key details like people that students will meet, or sites that they will visit, so that they will know what to expect.
  • Make sure that the student (and their PA, if applicable) receive program materials in advance.
Best Practices
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People with Intellectual Disabilities Can Study and Volunteer Abroad

In 2008, students with intellectual disabilities scored a victory in achieving access to higher education, following the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA). The new law made it possible for those wishing to attend an approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) to receive federal financial aid. A CTP is a program in which students with intellectual disabilities build their confidence, independence and career readiness by participating in college alongside their nondisabled peers.

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WILD 2021: Convocatoria de Solicitudes

REVISIÓN DE SOLICITUD Y PROGRAMA

SOBRE MIUSA

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) es una organización estadounidense sin fines de lucro, cuya misión es empoderar a las personas con discapacidad alrededor del mundo para que alcancen sus derechos humanos mediante intercambios internacionales y desarrollo internacional.

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WILD 2021: Call for Applications

Deadline to apply: Friday, December 11, 2020
 

PROGRAM AND APPLICATION OVERVIEW

ABOUT MIUSA

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

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RightsNow! Mexico Takes Action

The RightsNow! Consortium and Mexican partner organization, MADIJAL, implemented a successful three-day Seminar on “Access to Justice for People with Disabilities” in Guadalajara during April 2018. U.S. and Mexican disability lawyers worked with local government officials to provide workshops and presentations to 133 participants from government, universities, the legal community, civil associations and disabled people’s organizations. Seminar topics included:

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Quick Tips for Adding Video Captions

Why Caption Your Video?

In addition to supporting communication access for Deaf and hard of hearing viewers, captions can also benefit hearing people who are watching your video with the sound off or in loud environments, people whose primary language is not the language of your video, and others.

Up to 85% of Facebook video is watched without sound according to multiple publications. All the more reason to ensure your videos are captioned!

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Models of Disability: An Overview

Charity Model

People with disabilities are often treated as objects of charity and pity. The charity model is an older and outdated model of disability.

What it looks like: People in your community assume you will always need help and pity you. You are considered a burden requiring charitable resources for support.

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Reasonable Accommodations and Budgeting for Inclusion

People with disabilities do not have a real equal right to participate if they are deemed individually responsible to overcome the barriers and historical ways of doing things that exclude them.

For example, the right of a wheelchair user to enter a building is an empty right if the building only has stairs. The right of a person who is deaf to attend a good university is meaningless if they do not have access to the content of the classes through a sign language interpreter.

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Disability Resources in the Community

Whether you want to find personal services, get your equipment repaired, or try adaptive sports, find what you need in your host community.

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International Development Organizations

People with disabilities are powerful leaders influencing national policies, advocating for changes, organizing regional alliances and increasing their participation in mainstream development projects that directly impact their lives. Engage disabled leaders in your efforts.

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Access International Exchange

Do you have a disability and wonder what it would be like to study, volunteer, or intern in another country? Let us help you reach your goal to participate in a meaningful overseas experience.

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