Students with disabilities now have an additional resource at their fingertips if they are considering studying abroad: http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/userfiles/pages/enabledabroad.aspx
The page, initiated by an Enabled Abroad task force at the Study Abroad Office, went live on Wednesday and introduced the Enabled Abroad initiative to campus while identifying: resources for students with disabilities, considerations for accessibility in a host country, questions students should consider before choosing a program, helpful pre-departure tips, and next steps, helping to prove that studying abroad is open to every student regardless of race, ethnicity, financial background, or disability.
Rob Kozarek, Programming Assistant for Australia/New Zealand and committee member on the Enabled Abroad task force.
Enabled Abroad is a collective effort between the Study Abroad Office and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) to facilitate equal access for students wanting to participate on a study abroad program by providing on-site accessibility information for programs, setting up on-site support if necessary, and assisting students before, during, and after their program to ensure that the student’s experience is positive and successful.
To jumpstart this initiative, the Study Abroad Office is helping promote a FREE webinar put on by Mobility International to encourage student participation. Please see their add below.
“Go Abroad with a Disability, Find Your Career Path”
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 4-5 pm Eastern Time (1-2 pm Pacific Time)
Going abroad is an excellent opportunity to travel and explore other cultures, but have you ever wondered how it can help you stand out to future employers or launch your career?
In this free webinar, presenters with diverse disabilities describe how their experiences studying, volunteering, and working abroad made a positive impact on their career paths. Staff from Mobility International USA (MIUSA) will share tips for how young people with disabilities can take the first steps towards exploring international exchange as an option for them!
Live captioning and ASL interpreting will be provided. Other reasonable accommodations provided upon request with advance notice.
Sign up here: http://www.miusa.org/ncde/goingabroad/careerwebinar