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Our goal is
to increase participation of all people with disabilities in the full range of international
exchange opportunities. The National Clearinghouse
on Disability & Exchange (NCDE) sponsored by the U.S.
Department of State and administered by Mobility
International USA (MIUSA) aims to increase participation
of all people with disabilities in the full range of international
exchange opportunities. We provide tips and
strategies for people with disabilities
and international program staff on
how to prepare for an inclusive
international exchange. Tips for International
Exchange Programs Add disability-inclusive
language for outreach Share stories of people with
disabilities on social media Educate staff on
disability support Budget for reasonable
accommodations Ensure equal access
to your program Visit us online to view more tips! Tips for Participants
with Disabilities Research funding options,
including scholarships Learn about disability culture
in your host country Connect with travelers
with similar disabilities Confirm you have full
insurance coverage abroad Create a back-up plan
for emergencies Building Bridges Between
the International Exchange and Disability Communities Resources for
Schools & Organizations Free consultation on
participant issues: “A blind student wants to go
to Spain, where do I start?” Assistance understanding
participant rights: “What rights and resources does an international student with
a disability have in the U.S.?” Trainings and
collaborative initiatives Materials and tools
to plan for inclusion Outreach: videos,
posters, postcards, podcasts, publications, and more! “After talking to your staff and receiving many
resources and contacts, I feel confident that
our international office is on the right track to support our
visiting international fellows to thrive
during their program.” Resources for Program Participants Disability tipsheets
for travel planning including what to bring
when traveling abroad Funding options to
go abroad including options for how to fund your trip Worldwide disability organizations
can assist with connecting participants to
organizations experienced in providing services abroad. Strategies from people with
disabilities who have done it A World Awaits You (AWAY)
publication: A Journal of Success in International Exchange
for People with Disabilities “As a wheelchair user who
needs personal assistance, information like this
makes me happy… I have always felt that
overseas experiences were so far out of my reach and now
I know what is possible.” Discover a World of Opportunities
such as volunteering, studying, teaching,
researching or interning Haben Girma said, “All my life,
people told me my disability would not stop me from doing
whatever I wanted to do. Successfully completing
a trip abroad allowed me to
really believe that.”

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