Students with Disabilities
Information for students With disabilities: Make the most of your experience abroad!
As the enriching opportunities provided through study abroad are increasingly becoming part of the mainstream undergraduate experience, ISA has established advising services, both in the U.S. and abroad, to support the special needs of students with disabilities. ISA staff, services and programs honor and frequently reference the policies, guidelines and suggestions established by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and organizations such as Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to ensure students with disabilities are afforded a safe, healthy and positive study abroad experience.
Now that you are enrolled within an ISA study abroad program, you can begin taking the necessary steps to secure program elements on your behalf, in addition to researching your host culture and country. As a student with a disability, this pre-departure, 'preparation' phase in the study abroad process is imperative. Preparation for your time abroad will not only benefit your readiness for international travel, but will also be very informative for ISA to better ensure program elements meet your specific needs.
Whether you request additional time for test taking or need wheelchair accessible housing, we strongly urge that you adhere to the following suggestions:
While it's true that people from around the world have special needs, it is also true that each country or culture may be unique as to how they approach an individual with a disability or the specific needs they require. Generally speaking, the United States is well prepared for handling disabilities of any level. However, when traveling abroad you can expect differences and even daily limitations that you would not generally witness within the States. Things may be more challenging abroad than you initially expect, as in many cases there will not be elevators, designated crosswalks or resource centers on your host university campus. Don't let that stop you! By following the suggestions outlined above, you are setting yourself up for success!
Please contact ISA for further questions or concerns.
Other helpful sections in the ISA Online Orientation:
- Mobility International USA (MIUSA) www.miusa.org