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Ripple Effects

Ripple Effects: Travelers with Disabilities Abroad is a podcast brought to you by Mobility International USA, where we listen to the vivid stories from people with disabilities going abroad and the positive impact these experiences have on shifting ideas of what is possible. For our first podcast series, we will hear from people who are blind or have low vision as part of our #BlindAbroad campaign from our National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. We hope the heart of their stories resonates with you the listeners…to then share with others.
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Oct 25, 2016

Funding graduate education in the United States is intimidating
for many international students, with and without disabilities, but it
doesn't have to be. Join us as we discuss some well-known and not so
well-known methods of taking your funding strategy to the next level.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Oct 11, 2016

After finishing three degrees and learning two languages in the United States Wei Wang has learned that creativity is the key to achieving her dreams.

For a video version of this episode, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGq8HiN0sXI.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Sep 27, 2016

Can you imagine a scholarship that focuses on networking and
social justice issues? That was just one of the pleasant surprises that
Sergio found on his Fulbright program at Boston University.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Sep 13, 2016

Growing up in New Delhi, India with obvious physical
disabilities, Shivangi Agrawal lived life to the fullest. Yet, something was
missing.  Upon completing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Bio
Cultural Anthropology from Oregon State University Corvallis, she discovered
what that was.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Aug 30, 2016

After struggling to learn English in Palestine, Sameh decided
that he wanted to make the path for other blind students less bumpy. Thanks
to a scholarship from the US agency for international development, he is
closer to that goal than ever.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Aug 16, 2016

Sheriff Rasheed, a Nigerian man with polio, was motivated to complete his graduate education in the United States after learning about the many opportunities available to people with disabilities. Eventually his dream came true, and what he found far exceeded his expectations. Listen to our conversation with him to learn how.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Oct 20, 2015

Emily Molchan, who is blind, has gone on a number of international exchange programs. Listen as we read a story Emily wrote about being fearless abroad. As this marks the final episode of the #BlindAbroad series, make sure to hearour closing with campaign highlights and take aways.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/emily.

Oct 15, 2015

Serena Olsen, a current Peace Corps volunteer serving in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan encountered some obstacles with the application process as well as challenges with the placement process. Serena stayed persistent, creative, and focused on achieving this dream though. Listen how she made it work and also listen how this opportunity has impacted her and her community.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/serena.

Sep 28, 2015

Adriana Pulido, was one of the first persons with a disability in Colombia to receive a Fulbright scholarship. Let’s hear as she tells us about applying for the Fulbright and the impact it had for her personally and professionally.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/adriana.

Sep 10, 2015

Erinn Snoeyink, a blind woman, has studied and taught abroad in Spain and loves her independence. Listen as she speaks about both international exchange programs and how integrating into her community helped her maintain her independence abroad.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/erinn.

Sep 2, 2015

Erdem Yigitoglu, a blind man from Turkey, was accepted to a summer international honors program at Stanford University in California. He speaks about the hesitations of locals leaving a collectivistic disability culture and entering a more independent culture in the U.S. Hear from Erdem about his experience in the U.S and his first time surfing!

 

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/erdem.

Aug 18, 2015

Dr. Christie Gilson, who is blind, was appointed by President Obama to join the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board in 2012. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study higher education for students with disabilities in Hong Kong in 2006 and has been teaching in the field for years. In this episode, Dr. Gilson will share the impact her Fulbright had on her life, personally and professionally, and also provide tips to encourage more students with disabilities to apply.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit http://www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/rippleeffects/christie.

Jul 27, 2015

Juanita Lillie, a blind woman from the US, studied abroad in Costa Rica and participated in a number of adventure sport excursions. In this episode “Blind People Can Do That?”, Juanita speaks about the adventure sports she enjoyed and goes over communication tips to work with universities and organizations to successfully make it happen.

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit http://www.miusa.org/resource/podcast/rippleeffects/juanita.

Jun 19, 2015

In this #BlindAbroad episode, Nicholas Hoekstra speaks from years of experience abroad and discusses why he thinks it’s important to reflect on one’s blindness or disability in a cultural context. He explains the benefits of preparing for a reaction since your disability can be seen and experienced differently country to country, culture to culture. 

 

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

Jun 19, 2015

Nicholas Hoekstra, who has spent over six years abroad, gives us his top ten tips for navigating abroad as someone who is blind. These tips can better prepare someone who is visually impaired be more independent and adventurous abroad.

 

For more information and transcription of this episode, visit miusa.org.

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