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Table 3. How do institutions obtain data on students with disabilities studying abroad? General staff knowledge or student disclosure of disability Study abroad files medical/accommodation form Disability service provider cross-checks study abroad list Centralized database at the university records all student information Disability service provider tracks study abroad activities in its database Study abroad database would use confidential codes 38% 23% 19% 10% 9% <1% underrepresented? Equal opportunity to reap the well-known benefits of an international experience is reason enough. But there may be other compelling reasons for many students with disabilities to study abroad. For example, study abroad may give students with disabilities an edge to break through social and personal barriers toward achieving their goals. In 2004, the Clearinghouse interviewed ten individuals with physical, vision, hearing or health-related disabilities who studied abroad sometime during the past eight years through a third-party provider program to Australia, Brazil, Spain or Thailand. Students’ responses reflected their belief that the study abroad experience had an impact on their employment and educational opportunities. Eight described the overseas experi- ence as having made an impression on potential employers and admissions personnel, especially when listed on resumes, in job interviews and on graduate school applications. According to national surveys, people with disabilities are less likely to be employed than other minority groups. Young people with disabilities experience discrimination in employment, based on inaccurate assumptions about their competence and capabilities. Many international exchange alumni with disabilities believe that listing a study abroad experience will increase their status in the eyes of potential employers, and engage the employer’s interest in exploring the applicants’ experience and potential. One alumnus who is blind described her experience: “When I was in Illinois, I was calling around because I knew I wanted to do my internship elsewhere. I called [a center in] California and said I would like to do my internship there. The director said, ‘Oh, I don’t know . . . you are going to move out here?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I’m willing to do it. I’ve been to Australia for nine months with just my guide dog.’ The director said, ‘If you did that then you can come to California!’” This study abroad alumnus was hired on as an employee when the internship ended. As more students with disabilities participate in education abroad programs, international education participants better reflect the rich diversity of America. College students with disabilities gain momentum in achieving their potential for contributing to the world, and everyone wins. Michele Scheib is a Project Initiatives Specialist at Mobility International USA. Portions adapted from a previous article written by Carole Patterson, former Project Manager of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange. Higher Values in Higher Education. Western Illinois University Center for International Studies Western Illinois University’s graduate and undergraduate study programs include business administration, computer science, education, criminal justice, and fine arts. Western’s WESL (English Language) Institute, accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), offers university preparation and a multimedia language lab. Located between Chicago and St. Louis,Western offers a small-town atmosphere with approximately 13,000 students. Western Illinois University 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390 International-Ed@wiu.edu www.wiu.edu/international
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Contents
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Study Abroad for Students of Color
Programmatic Diversity Versus Unplanned Information Flows
Nurturing Leadership and Social Change: The Mission of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Africa
Australia
Science and Engineering
Students with Disability
The Browser: Index of Advertisers
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Message from Allan E. Goodman
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