Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities

Just as cultures differ, so do accessible accommodations and perceptions. The key for any study abroad participant is flexibility. Students are encouraged to communicate their needs and consider alternative ways to meet them. JJC Accessibility Services and the OISP are here to assist you before, and during, your program abroad.

Quick Tips for Students with Disabilities Going Abroad

  • Disclose your needs to program staff early, so appropriate arrangements and reasonable accommodations can be made in advance.
  • Remember that other cultures may provide accessibility access in a different way—learn about what types of accommodation are typically provided in your host country, and be flexible and open to different types of accommodations.
  • Before you go, find out as much as you can about your host culture and how they view individuals with disabilities by reading, talking to other students, and attending pre-departure orientation sessions. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for the interaction between you and the new environment.
  • Think about how you will answer questions about your disability in the language of your host country—look up key vocabulary words ahead of time.

JJC Accessibility Services

Mobility International

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) aspires to empower people with disabilities through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.

  • National Clearninghouse on Disability Exchange - by Mobility International USA.   A comprehensive one-stop resource for people with disabilities, exchange and disability staff interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs.
  • Personal stories- Stories excerpted from A World Awaits You (AWAY)a free, annual journal of stories by people with disabilities who have participated in a wide range of international exchange programs. Published by Mobility International USA.
  • Financial Resources for students with disabilities - An extensive listing of fellowships, scholarships, and other financial resources for individuals with disabilities to help fund study abroad and other international opportunities.

Support for Students with Disabilities

Resources for students with disabilities who study abroad. Sponsored by SAFETI Clearinghouse.

Traveling with Special Needs

Center for Disease Control tips and resources for students who travel abroad.

University of Minnesota's Access Abroad

Resources for students with disabilities and study abroad. Materials were developed as part of a federally funded project and seeks to enhance existing study abroad opportunities for students with disabilities.

Transitions Abroad: Disability Travel

A collection of first-hand articles, websites and agencies by this award-winning, respected travel magazine.

Health and International Travel Insurance Considerations for Students with Disabilities