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THE NEW
CHAMPIONS FOR
INCLUSION:
STUDY ABROAD
January 8, 2016
Paving the Way for Students with
Disabilities Abroad
Susan S...
Passport to
Possibilities
STUDY ABROAD
65 years leading a mission:
To help people gain understanding,
acquire knowledge, and develop skills
for livi...
Alicante, Spain
ALICANTE STUDY CENTER, SPAIN
• 7 students in the last 10 years.
• Distribution: Fall (3), Spring (3), Summ...
Southern Europe Region
January 8, 2016 5
CIEE – SOUTHERN EUROPE REGION
• Italy, France, Portugal, Spain.
• 11 Study Center...
CIEE / MIUSA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
ANTOINE CRAIG, Virginia Commonwealth
University.
• Alicante , Sum...
HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival
CIEE PORTLAND, ME
• Notification from the CIEE Headquarters.
• General inform...
HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival
January 8, 2016 8
PARTICIPANT
• Direct contact with the student (e-mail/Skype...
HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival
January 8, 2016 9
CIEE ALICANTE
• Resident staff contacted two different orga...
HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival
January 8, 2016 10
CIEE ALICANTE
• Housing program.
 Residence Hall (1st wee...
ONCE ON SITE
January 8, 2016 11
COMMUNICATION
• Daily communication.
• Do not feel bad asking.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
• Pro...
RESIDENT DIRECTOR – Point of view
January 8, 2016 12
EXPERIENCE
• Outstanding intercultural experience.
 Professional + p...
TOGETHER,
WE CAN
ACTIVELY
CHANGE LIVES
January 8, 2016 13
LEADING THE
CHANGE
GOING BEYOND
BARRIERS
APPRECIATING THE
DIFFERENCES
BEING AN EXAMPLE FOR
OTHERS
STUDENT, VCU
ANTOINE
My credo:
We can do anything as long as
we work together and ask the
right questions.
NOW IT’S UP TO
YOU TO BE A
CHAMPION
FOR INCLUSION
January 8, 2016 22
CHALLENGE YOURSELF
AND CHANGE THE WORLD.
www.miusa.org
@MobilityINTL
THANK
YOU!
THANK
YOU!
January 8, 2016 24
Francisco Diez,
CIEE Alicante Center
FDiez@ciee.org
Susan Sygall,
Mobility Intern...
ciee.org
Founded in 1947, CIEE is the world leader in international education and
exchange, delivering the highest quality...
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The New Champions for Inclusion: Paving the Way for Students with Disabilities Abroad

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As international educators, we aspire to make going abroad possible for talented students who believe that it's out of reach. With initiatives like Generation Study Abroad placing emphasis on removing barriers for underrepresented students, it's a prime time to think about how we can effect change within our own spheres of influence, large or small. In this session, presenters will elaborate on efforts to advance overseas opportunities for students with disabilities at the leadership level, while CIEE alumni with disabilities and resident directors from recent programs will share innovative approaches to breaking down everyday barriers.

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The New Champions for Inclusion: Paving the Way for Students with Disabilities Abroad

  1. 1. THE NEW CHAMPIONS FOR INCLUSION: STUDY ABROAD January 8, 2016 Paving the Way for Students with Disabilities Abroad Susan Sygall, Mobility International USA CEO Francisco Diez, CIEE Alicante Center Director Antoine Craig, “Access the World” Scholar
  2. 2. Passport to Possibilities
  3. 3. STUDY ABROAD 65 years leading a mission: To help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world”. January 8, 2016 3
  4. 4. Alicante, Spain ALICANTE STUDY CENTER, SPAIN • 7 students in the last 10 years. • Distribution: Fall (3), Spring (3), Summer (1). January 8, 2016 4 Year Students with disabilities Total participants % 2006 1 185 0,54% 2007 0 201 0% 2008 0 234 0% 2009 1 196 0,50% 2010 1 207 0,48% 2011 0 214 0% 2012 1 160 0,68% 2013 1 138 0,72% 2014 1 125 0,80% 2015 1 165 0,60% RELATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES PARTICIPATING FROM 2006 - 2015 • Known Disabilities: Visual Impairment, Aural/Cochlear Implant, Wheelchair, congenital absence of a limb, etc. Alicante
  5. 5. Southern Europe Region January 8, 2016 5 CIEE – SOUTHERN EUROPE REGION • Italy, France, Portugal, Spain. • 11 Study Centers. • Distribution: Fall (19), Spring (23), Summer (34). • 74 students in the last 10 years. Year Southern Europe 2006 3 2007 2 2008 5 2009 7 2010 8 2011 3 2012 9 2013 13 2014 10 2015 14 RELATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES PARTICIPATING FROM 2006 - 2015
  6. 6. CIEE / MIUSA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ANTOINE CRAIG, Virginia Commonwealth University. • Alicante , Summer 2015. • Short program: Modular III (4 weeks). • Visual Impairment (legally blind: 4%). January 8, 2016 6 25 “ACCESS THE WORLD” SCHOLARSHIPS • Honors 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act • 13 recipients – Summer 2015. More will be announced until 25 total recipients are selected. • China, Morocco, Spain, France, Germany, England, Czech Republic, Jordan, Ireland.
  7. 7. HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival CIEE PORTLAND, ME • Notification from the CIEE Headquarters. • General information about the participant is shared with resident staff:  Student personal contact information.  Type of disability.  Information about accommodations that the student may need.  Financial support provided by CIEE. January 8, 2016 7
  8. 8. HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival January 8, 2016 8 PARTICIPANT • Direct contact with the student (e-mail/Skype) to find out information about:  Student personality & personal Characteristics (i.e.: active on media).  Detailed description of the type of disability.  Mobility (in & outside campus).  Accommodations that the student receives at home school that we could extend onsite: - Academics (i.e.: course, technology, timing, etc). - Housing (i.e.: homestay, residence hall, etc). - Student Services (i.e.: Office of Disability, etc).
  9. 9. HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival January 8, 2016 9 CIEE ALICANTE • Resident staff contacted two different organizations to gather local assistance:  The Spanish National Blind Association (ONCE)  Universidad de Alicante Student Support Center (CAE). • Assistance provided:  Academic technology adaptations: Equipment, hardware and software.  Mobility personal assistant + trainers/guides.  Local social resources available. • Mobility personal assistance: Adequate profile (ONCE).  Gustavo.  Isabel.
  10. 10. HOW TO PREPARE… Prior to the student arrival January 8, 2016 10 CIEE ALICANTE • Housing program.  Residence Hall (1st week).  Homestay (2nd -4th week). • Updated training for Faculty & Staff.  Course instruction strategies.  Day to day interactions.  Study Tours, Snapshots, excursions, etc. • CIEE On-site student support  Integration strategy.  Student collaborations.
  11. 11. ONCE ON SITE January 8, 2016 11 COMMUNICATION • Daily communication. • Do not feel bad asking. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED • Provide space for individual learning. • Run away from excessive protective attitudes. • Open your mind and enjoy the experience.
  12. 12. RESIDENT DIRECTOR – Point of view January 8, 2016 12 EXPERIENCE • Outstanding intercultural experience.  Professional + personal.  Emotional learning experience. • Very positive feedback.  Homestay, faculty, other participants, etc.  Self-discovery process (i.e.: Prado Museum, Madrid). • New synergies for the future.  Active participation: Spread the word / visibility!  Promote /initiate active collaborative work between all constituencies: - Sending schools. - Study abroad offices. - Study abroad centers.
  13. 13. TOGETHER, WE CAN ACTIVELY CHANGE LIVES January 8, 2016 13
  14. 14. LEADING THE CHANGE
  15. 15. GOING BEYOND BARRIERS
  16. 16. APPRECIATING THE DIFFERENCES
  17. 17. BEING AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS
  18. 18. STUDENT, VCU ANTOINE
  19. 19. My credo: We can do anything as long as we work together and ask the right questions.
  20. 20. NOW IT’S UP TO YOU TO BE A CHAMPION FOR INCLUSION January 8, 2016 22
  21. 21. CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND CHANGE THE WORLD. www.miusa.org @MobilityINTL
  22. 22. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! January 8, 2016 24 Francisco Diez, CIEE Alicante Center FDiez@ciee.org Susan Sygall, Mobility International USA sygall@miusa.org Antoine Craig VCU Student/CIEE Alum craigal@mymail.vcu.edu
  23. 23. ciee.org Founded in 1947, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange, delivering the highest quality programs that increase global understanding and intercultural knowledge. We provide participants with skills, competencies, and experiences that elevate their ability to contribute positively to our global community. Council on International Educational Exchange 300 Fore Street Portland, ME 04101 207-553-4000 © Copyright CIEE 2014. All Rights Reserved.ciee.org Founded in 1947, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange, delivering the highest quality programs that increase global understanding and intercultural knowledge. We provide participants with skills, competencies, and experiences that elevate their ability to contribute positively to our global community. Council on International Educational Exchange 300 Fore Street Portland, ME 04101 207-553-4000 © Copyright CIEE 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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