Travel is always a challenge to a person's problem-solving abilities; this is no different for a person with a disability. While overseas, people with disabilities will likely find some things inaccessible, but preparation and persistence can help.
We are committed to helping any student find a program that suits his/her needs and provides a positive experience abroad. We will also work with students and the Office for Disability Services to determine if their needs can be accommodated.
Mobility International USA (phone/TTY: 541-343-1284; www.miusa.org) is an excellent resource on travel for people with physical disabilities.
The University of California’s website contains useful information and a list of questions for students with disabilities to consider before traveling abroad.
Other Quick Tips for Students with Disabilities Going Abroad
- Disclose your disability needs to program staff early, so appropriate arrangements can be made in advance.
- Remember that other cultures may provide disability 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 ways of accommodating your disability.
- Before you go, find out as much as you can about your host culture and how they view disability 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 your disability 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.
Please contact the Continuing Education Director for a particular study abroad program to discuss your individual needs.