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. Department of State, through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), or the Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) programs.
During the MIUSA orientation, students learn about U.S. disability culture and rights, discover assistive technologies, visit a U.S. high school or university, participate in recreation, volunteer with local organizations, and more. While the students are here, MIUSA staff and a team of educational professionals work with them to compile information about their skills and access needs. This information is shared, along with key recommendations, with each student’s support network in order to help prepare the students for a successful year in the U.S.
MIUSA also provides ongoing technical assistance during the year to recruitment organizations, placement organizations, local coordinators, and host families, to support the students with disabilities during their exchange.
For a filtered list of resources relevant to professionals and students on the FLEX, YES or YEAR programs, please use the table of contents on the right.
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