When Annie Tulkin went to teach English in rural Mongolia, she was not expecting to teach students with disabilities, and yet when she got there she found students with and without disabilities going to the same school, and to the same classes, and things just worked. She shared her experience with us in episode 6, and the conversation drove home the fact that you don't have to limit yourself to "developed" countries to feel included, and sometimes the more interesting experiences come from seeing how other people make accessibility happen.
Assistive technology is any technology that can assist us to reach our goals, such as volunteering or studying abroad. Mark Bookman not only utilized assistive technology during his times in Japan, he also discovered an interest in developing his own AT solution, and we got to spend episode 5 talking about where he sees it going.
Get a better sense of how to study abroad with Suzanne Sears of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Teneisha Ellis of the University of Northern Colorado from this conversation in which they shared tips on how to approach your study abroad and disability service offices while taking charge of your exchange experience.
Whether you spend a semester or more studying abroad, or volunteer teaching English after you graduate, chances are you will end up going with a third party exchange provider. Third-party providers can be a great option for studying or volunteering abroad, because they have the scale and expertise to offer a safe, structured and accessible experience overseas in a wide selection of countries. In episode 3, Justin spoke with Maritheresa Frain and Morgan Reiss from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to get a sense of when it is best to choose a third-party provider.
If you have a disability, your college wants you to study abroad. In this episode, Justin talks with Stephanie Roberts and Chuck Eade of Denver University about how your college benefits when you study abroad, as well as the work that institutions like DU are doing to make their programs more accessible.
If you are first-generation, a person of color, LGBTQ, low income, a person with a disability, or a mix of those identities, you have a valuable contribution to make. Mobility International USA, Abroad with Disabilities and Diversity Abroad are 3 organizations actively working to promote an international exchange field where all identities and perspectives are included. In episode 1, Justin talks with Trixie Cordoba, Associate Director of Diversity Abroad and Juanita Lillie, President of Abroad with Disabilities about the uniquely distinct work that we do to make international exchange better for everyone.
Over the last decade, the international exchange field has experienced a renaissance in disability access. In season 4 of Ripple Effects, we took a closer look at some of those changes, and the reasons why people with disabilities should seriously think about studying or volunteering abroad. Join our host, Justin Harford, as he gives an overview of season 4.