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Susan Sygall during the 2010 Women’s Institute on leadership and disability, which brought together 54 women activists with disabilities from 43 countries.

done this.” For example, she notes that many brochures intended to invite students to participate in education abroad include a diverse set of students in their photos, “but do they also think about including someone on their brochure who is blind or in a wheelchair?” “We really want to change the image of who an exchange student is, and that includes those who could be Fulbright people or Peace Corps people or what have you. I want to see them recruiting disabled people the way they do everyone else. I’d love to see the next generation of young people, no matter what their disability, thinking this is something they could do,” She says. “I’ve backpacked with a backpack on my wheelchair in Europe,” she says. And that story has led to others. “One of my favorite stories was of a woman several years ago. She was about 17 and had broken her back in an accident, and was a paraplegic. We visited her in the hospital with this opportunity of an exchange program to Germany or another country. So we approached her while she was in the rehab center, and she said it sounded great. Literally, two or three weeks after being in rehab, she was getting her passport ready to go on an international exchange. She realized she could do it.”
Susan Sygall in cinque terra, Italy, circa 1998

from muskegon to moscow
John Beyrle u.s. ambassador to russia
GroWInG uP in Muskegon, Michigan, in the 1960s, John Beyrle

budget I had, and I started traveling. I adapted and made it happen.” But others aren’t so adventurous, and might need some help to overcome either their own preconceived ideas about study abroad or those of the people around them. To date, more than 2,000 people from 100 countries have participated in Mobility International USA programs. “I think it’s important,” she says of the chance to study abroad. “You understand your own country and your own value system better by being outside of it for awhile. I was coming from the disability rights community at Berkeley, so to see it at a time when things were just starting in Australia was eye-opening. It’s very different living in a place for a year than going somewhere for 10 days, and there’s an amazing switch that happens.” That switch, she says, is a good thing for fostering a sense of independence. “In the beginning, you miss your friends at home,” she says. “And then it switched for me, and I felt very at home in Australia and made friends there. I almost had to deal with re-entry when I came home. I felt like I had embraced the Australian way of life, and I had to regroup to come back to the U.S.” That’s something she works to share with others who have disabilities. “There are more people with disabilities now getting Fulbrights,” she says. “They are going on exchanges and volunteering in other countries. But there is not yet the number I think there could be. Part of the reason is that we’re only now seeing stories about people who’ve

heard of no one who traveled to the then-Soviet Union, much less any young people who went there to study. But when the opportunity presented itself to him, he couldn’t say no. Beyrle says he took his first French class in high school, where, about a week into the school year, his teacher pulled him aside after class. “She told me I had a rare gift for language,” he remembers. “I can’t take any credit for it—my brain is just wired that way.” By the time he graduated, he was proficient in both French and German, and entered community college thinking he’d study to be a foreign language teacher. His first college professor also noticed his gift for language, and encouraged him to both branch out into more difficult tongues, and go abroad—as soon as he could. Which he did, traveling to Fribourg, Switzerland in 1972 with a group of students from Northwestern Michigan University, using both his French and German to communicate with a host family. “I had a chance to speak both languages, and the trip really opened up an entirely new world to me,” he says. “That world didn’t seem strange or alien or frightening to me.” He returned home and enrolled at Grand Valley State University, where he majored in French, minored in German, and started looking for a third language to learn.

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Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
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