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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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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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