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 have taken the initiative to pursue your study abroad experience, it is important to clearly establish and define your study abroad goals. We encourage you to contact ISA to begin researching the program(s) and site(s) that best meet your personal and academic needs.
It is important to keep in mind that you may face daily challenges to your life and studies abroad. While it is 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 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.
Additional Helpful Resources:
-Mobility International USA (MIUSA) www.miusa.org
-U.S. Department of Transportation- People with Disabilities- http://www.dotcr.ost.dot.gov/asp/dotpart/dotpartdis.asp
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- http://www.hhs.gov/
-Wheelchair Accessible Europe- www.wheelchairaccessibleeurope.com
-The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH)- an educational nonprofit group who publishes a travel magazine and offers advice (www.sath.org).
-Access-Able Travel Source- access information and resources, and offers a free email newsletter- www.access-able.com
-Rick Steves- www.ricksteves.com
-Proyecto Vision- a list of scholarships, many specifically for Hispanic students with disabilities http://www.proyectovision.net/english/resources/scholarshipsearch.html