National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange

7 Ways to Encourage People with Disabilities to Apply

7 Ways to Encourage People with Disabilities to Apply 1

Say cheese! Include pictures of people with disabilities on your website and marketing materials. We want you. State explicitly people with disabilities and others are encouraged to apply. On your website. On your brochures. Say it often! Think positive. A negative attitude will trump a policy any day. Make sure staff, overseas partners and faculty [...]

Teen with a Disability Adds Flag to Hall of Nations

Teen with a Disability Adds Flag to Hall of Nations 0

Azat Toroev jokes that he is happy if his classmates can find Kyrgyzstan on a map. Since he arrived in his host state of Colorado, he has been raising awareness of his native country while studying for a year at a U.S. high school as part of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. Toroev, who [...]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out What Language Means to Us

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out What Language Means to Us 1

New Year’s Resolution time! Starting today, let’s resolve to get over the hump of insecurity when it comes to disability language. Language and words are important – they convey your values and demonstrate your level of familiarity, but they often get in the way of starting a conversation. Over the past year, I have been [...]

International Education Week Embraces Inclusion

International Education Week Embraces Inclusion 0

“I never thought studying abroad was for me,” signs a man using American Sign Language in a new video released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This year for International Education Week, November 11-22, the international education field aims to challenge perceptions about who can or cannot participate in [...]

Will the Affordable Care Act Breakdown Remaining Barriers to International Exchange?

Will the Affordable Care Act Breakdown Remaining Barriers to International Exchange? 0

Most barriers to people with disabilities participating in international exchanges are more imagined than real, and can disappear in the face of education to dispel assumptions. Others can be resolved through creative problem-solving. Every now and then there are the brick walls. These usually have to do with legal requirements or governmental policies and are [...]

Peace Corps Provides Professional Development for People with Disabilities

Peace Corps Provides Professional Development for People with Disabilities 0

The Peace Corps provides an incredible opportunity for Americans, including Americans with disabilities, to do community service for 27 months in a developing country. Many Peace Corps volunteers report that their experiences abroad transform them, profoundly impacting their career paths and life choices. Jessica Chesbro, who has a mobility disability, is one of them. She [...]

Thank the Champions Alongside You

Thank the Champions Alongside You 0

If you are a person with a disability out there voicing your rights to get involved in whatever opportunity is your interest, or making change in your community for better access — wherever you are in the world — we are grateful to you! You persist in the face of many unknowns in a tireless, [...]

What Rights Do People with Disabilities have Abroad?

What Rights Do People with Disabilities have Abroad? 0

Over the last forty years, the United States has made incredible strides towards equality for people with disabilities. Because of laws like Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those of us with disabilities have rights that ensure buildings are accessible, television programs are captioned, and discrimination is minimized. [...]

Area Coordinator Reflects on Placing a Student with a Disability

Area Coordinator Reflects on Placing a Student with a Disability 1

When Annie Reifsnyder became an Area Coordinator for CCI Greenheart, a non-profit organization that places international high school exchange students in the United States, she found a way to connect with students from around the world. One Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) student in particular caught her attention. “I received Natasha’s bio and was kind of enamored [...]

Sparking Your Creativity Abroad

Sparking Your Creativity Abroad 0

Reveca Torres is the creative type. Reveca, who uses a wheelchair, is the founder of the nonprofit BACKBONES, which bring peers with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) together for mutual support. She is also a fashion designer and artist. Her first international exchange, to Paris, happened when she was studying fashion design as an undergraduate in [...]