Category: Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education

Including Participants with Disabilities in Education Abroad Programs

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

This session presents strategies professionals can use for advising and recruiting students with disabilities, and shares tools for students with disabilities to prepare for education abroad.

Michele Scheib

Project Specialist
Mobility International USA
Eugene, OR

Michele is a Project Specialist for the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange and has been at Mobility International USA since 1998. She initiates projects involving the website, database, social media, research, presentations, advising, and writing. Michele completed her M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, where she did research on students with non-apparent disabilities in education abroad. She has studied abroad with the School for International Training and volunteered as a teacher for Deaf children in Kenya. She has also visited with disability organizations in Northeast Thailand on a Rotary scholarship, and traveled throughout Europe.

Justin R. Harford

Project Coordinator
Mobility International USA
Eugene, OR

Justin is a Project Coordinator with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, working to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange by providing information and resources to both individuals with disabilities and international professionals. He is the host of NCDE’s podcast, Ripple Effects: Travelers with Disabilities Abroad. Previously, Justin worked for two years in disability community organizing and policy in the foothills of Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American History and Spanish Literature from University of California, Berkeley. During his studies, he studied abroad at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago Chile, where he researched and wrote a thesis on the history of the blind in Chilean society. In 2008, he spent 10 weeks immersing himself in the culture and language of Michoacan, Mexico.