Stephen F. Austin State University

Students with Disabilities

Getting Started

If you have a disability, you are advised to consult with your Study Abroad Coordinator and Disability Services office at least one year in advance of the date you wish to study abroad. Disclosure of a disability well in advance enables the Study Abroad Office to assist you in finding a program that accommodates your needs and interests. Even if you don't think that you will need accommodations, it is wise to disclose your disability. Conveniences in the United States may not be available in other countries and many disability services that are provided at U.S. universities may not be overseas. Disclosing your disability allows Study Abroad and Disability Services staff members to help you identify a program that is right for you and prepare and plan accordingly for your time abroad.

Accessibility Overseas

Attitudes toward disability and levels of accessibility vary from country to country. The United States is a leader in providing equal access for persons with disabilities. Many other countries and international universities are becoming more aware of the needs of the disability community but may not have the same level of access available.
Keep this in mind that while overseas, you may need accommodations or assistance abroad that you may not typically need in the United States. Research the types of accommodation typically available in your host country and institution and plan accordingly in order to minimize barriers and enhance participation and enjoyment while abroad. Be prepared to be flexible and open to different ways of accommodating your disability. Prepare for your flight by consulting TSA's website for people traveling with disabilities and medical conditions.

Resources

Mobility International USA
TSA/Disabilities