Publication Date

Spring 5-2017

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

RE Rodman

Abstract

National level and international policy changes have emerged to promote educational opportunity for children with disabilities. A gap remains in US higher education in providing access and support for international students with disabilities. Areas of need for this student demographic include financial access, availability of assistive technology, specific socio-cultural advising to living in the US with a disability, comprehensive immigration advising and career support for entering the workforce with a disability. Staff support is generally siloed in colleges. International student services and disability or accessibility services often work in isolation. This capstone imagines the pilot year of a scholarship and leadership training program at Dartmouth College, called the Reich Scholar Program. The pilot year will begin to address the needs of international students with disabilities, empower them with skills to successfully navigate college in the United States, and prepare them for a self-directed personal and professional life following their undergraduate studies. This program will equip staff with a stronger understanding of disability rights and accessibility through their participation in monitoring, evaluation and select program activities. The program vision is to create a campus culture that is more inclusive and empowering to people of all differently-abled identities.


Disciplines

Accessibility | Disability and Equity in Education | International and Comparative Education

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