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Disability and Accessibility

Students who have physical, mental or learning disabilities may feel unsure about whether the accommodations abroad will meet their needs. It is important to notify our office about the country/school you are thinking of attending and any specific accommodations you need so that we can work with the host campus to make sure that your time abroad is successful. Keep in mind that some countries may not have the same kind of access that is available to you at Plattsburgh. For example, depending on the country, housing and transportation may be vastly different compared to what you are used to. It is important for you to research the host country to learn about the country's laws and see what type of accommodations are generally available. It is also important that you understand how the host culture views disability to help better prepare you for your time abroad. If you are going to a country where English is not the first language spoken, you should also learn the proper vocabulary for explaining your disability to those in your host country.

Our office is more than happy to assist you in any way we can to make sure that studying abroad is an exciting and accessible time for you. We also recommend that you look at these resources to help better understand disability and study abroad:
  • Mobility International USA  Mobility International USA (MIUSA) aspires to empower people with disabilities through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programs.
  • University of Minnesota University of Minnesota provides a comprehensive list of tips and questions to ask before going abroad. There is also a section that provides county-specific information on disability-related attitudes and legislation. 
  • Abroad with Disabilities This organization was started by a student who studied abroad in Costa Rica with a disability and has made it her focus to empower people with disabilities to pursue international study, work, volunteer, and/or internship opportunities abroad.
  • Go Overseas-How Students with Disabilities Can Study Abroad This is a blog post that includes student quotes about studying abroad with a disability.