The Accessible Programs tab on the UMBC Education Abroad website is a project funded by the International Gilman Scholarship. The student wanted to use the Gilman Scholarship to expand the awareness of study abroad programs for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities tend to have a skewed perception of the barriers preventing them from International Accessible Program participating in a study abroad program (Kutsche, 2012). These misconceptions could stem from an underrepresented number of students with disabilities in study abroad programs and the perception that the experience may be too difficult or nearly impossible for them (Kutsche, 2012, Matthews, Hameister, & Hosley, 1998). Students feel they lack sufficient knowledge about the programs, do not have the financial means to fund the program, and fear their access to assistive devices and services will be inadequate (Matthews, Hameister, & Hosley, 1998). The Gilman recipient hopes this tab will address those concerns and encourage more students to study abroad and apply for the Gilman Scholarship.
U.S. Organizations for Resources, Experiences and Support
- Mobility International USA is an organization that focuses on international travel for youth with disabilities. They publish a variety of resources, including the AWAY Youth with Disabilities pamphlet which includes great strategies for how to choose a program.
- Access Able is an organization that provides specific information about accommodations, attractions, transportation, equipment rental and equipment repair.
- Helpful tips for traveling with disabilities
- US Dept of State: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs has a Disabilities in Exchange Program committed to the inclusion of citizens with disabilities participating in international exchange.
- The Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH) is an educational nonprofit group that publishes a travel magazine and offers advice.
UMBC On-Campus Disability Support
- American Association on Health and Disability
- 1800 Wheelchair
- IES Abroad
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship