Travelers with Disabilities
Considerations for Travelers with Disabilities
Global Programs is committed to supporting international travel for all students, faculty, and staff, and to offering education abroad experiences to all Penn State undergraduates. Travelers should be prepared for the fact that how "disability" may be culturally defined, attitudes towards disability, and levels of accessibility can vary greatly from country to country.
Before you go, find out as much as you can about your host culture and how local people view disability by reading, talking to other students, and attending pre-departure orientation sessions. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for the interaction between your disability and the new environment. While international travel can be challenging, an overseas experience can help you learn more about yourself and your capabilities. The Office of Student Disability Resources is an excellent resource both on the Penn State campus and while preparing to travel abroad.
Make Use of Additional Resources
- Mobility International (www.miusa.org)
- Abroad With Disabilities (www.abroadwithdisabilities.org)
- Check with your provider or university or ask your Education Abroad Adviser!