Disability inclusion is central to building mutual understanding among peoples and nations. This page features stories of people meeting challenges; stories that indeed prove diversity is our strength, and that everyone provides important contributions.

The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has long been committed to the inclusion of U.S. citizens and citizens abroad with disabilities participating in international exchange. This commitment dates back to 1995, when ECA created a grant that established the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange to promote international exchange opportunities for persons with disabilities in the United States and abroad.

Today, ECA offers an array of academic, professional, art, and sports exchanges open to citizens with disabilities. These exchanges raise awareness to the needs and interests of persons with disabilities and enrich our programs. For more information on these exchanges visit exchanges.state.gov.

In their own words

Azima on a ropes course with Mobility International USA in Eugene, OR
Syeda Azima Z. Participant ParticipantSecondary/High School Students South and Central Asia Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study South and Central Asia Read the story



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