Understanding and Supporting Self-Advocacy While Abroad

Raise your hand if you think that self-advocacy is a simple, one-dimensional thing. Raise your hand again if you think that self-advocacy is something that people with disabilities can do without support from those around them. Based on my own life experience with self-advocacy both at home and abroad I can emphatically report that self-advocacy … Continue reading Understanding and Supporting Self-Advocacy While Abroad

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Cultivating an Inclusive Marketing Strategy

If you are an international educator or work in the international travel industry you probably spend a significant amount of time marketing your programs. I mean, how are people going to know what they are about and catch the vision that they belong in them if you don't sell them on it through your marketing … Continue reading Cultivating an Inclusive Marketing Strategy

6 Actionable Ways to Be Inclusive in International Education Programs

Does disability inclusion ever seem like a nice, theoretical idea and yet somehow unattainable. As a person with a disability I see so many times where people and organizations clearly like the idea of being inclusive but they don't have any practical idea of how to actually be inclusive. And what's the result, I don't necessarily … Continue reading 6 Actionable Ways to Be Inclusive in International Education Programs

Cultivating an Inclusive Mindset

Do you ever feel like inclusion is such a big, vague concept that you don't know where to start? Like, yeah, of course including people with disabilities is important, but how do I do inclusion? Well, just like anything else in life change and growth starts with our mindset. Once we change our mindset we … Continue reading Cultivating an Inclusive Mindset

Debunking 7 Myths About Students with Disabilities and Study Abroad

Myths develop most when a topic isn’t well understood. The lack of understanding often comes from a lack of communication about the topic. Myths about people lead to inaccurate assumptions and acting on those assumptions. There are a lot of myths out there about people with disabilities. I’ve gathered 7 common myths related to people … Continue reading Debunking 7 Myths About Students with Disabilities and Study Abroad

The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Wheelchair

There is a lot to consider when you decide to travel. When you use a wheelchair there are a few additional things to consider too. It can seem daunting especially if you are new to traveling. On top of that, it can be hard to find information that caters to your unique needs. Of course, … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Traveling with a Wheelchair

Why You Need to Make a Plan for Communicating While Abroad and How to Do It

We all know that figuring out how to communicate with our family and friends while we are abroad is important. I mean, of course we want to share pictures if the cool sites we're visiting and share the funny or cry-worthy situations we've been in. But do we think about establishing strategies to communicate about … Continue reading Why You Need to Make a Plan for Communicating While Abroad and How to Do It

What Every Study Abroad Advisor Should Know About Inclusion 

Have you ever wondered how to deepen your understanding of inclusion in international programs? Perhaps you've landed on this page not thinking about people with disabilities at all and are thinking 'what's the big deal?' Well, if we are going to talk about international programs being for everyone we need to spend time deepening our … Continue reading What Every Study Abroad Advisor Should Know About Inclusion 

TEDx Talk Roundup Part 2

I'm back with another TEDx talk roundup! For those that haven't watched before, TED talks are short, influential talks on a variety of topics designed to motivate and influence change. A TED talk is presented at a TED conference whereas a TEDx talk is independently organized to be a TED-like experience in a local community … Continue reading TEDx Talk Roundup Part 2

7 Ways to Embrace Your Time Abroad

So, you've decided to take the leap and go abroad! Now what? You aren't going to be prepared for absolutely everything, but having some knowledge going into your experience may help you have a more positive experience. You should be aware of and strategize techniques to embrace your time abroad. It isn't all going to … Continue reading 7 Ways to Embrace Your Time Abroad