All students, regardless of their ability, face challenges in studying abroad. Students with disabilities find they are more likely to already have coping mechanisms and skills in place to deal with these challenges because they are part of a population that is generally underserved.
It’s important that students let the International Program staff at Puget Sound or their program provider know about their disability early so appropriate accommodations can be made. This also includes learning disabilities, which are often overlooked. Students should spend time researching what resources and organizations are available in their host country to provide support and accommodations.
Things to Consider As You Prepare to Study Abroad:
- What accommodations do I need? Have a vocalized them to staff at Puget Sound or my program provider?
- How flexible am I willing to be regarding accommodations?
- What resources are available in my host country?
- How does my host country view disabilities?
- Do I know words in my host country's language to answer questions about my disability?
Mobility International USA
Survival Strategies for Going Abroad: A Guide for People with Disabilities