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Your Name and Title: Ashley Bryant, Project Coordinator
School, Library, or Organization Name: Mobility International USA (MIUSA), National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
Co-Presenter Name(s):
Country from Which You Will Present: U.S.
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience (such as primary school teachers, high school administrators, students, etc.) – High School Youth and Teachers
Short Session Description (one line): “Preparing Youth with Disabilities to Go Abroad”
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Students with disabilities are just as eager to experience the world as their nondisabled peers, and many are interested in taking advantage of the same international exchange opportunities abroad.

Educators have a significant role to play introducing a young person with a disability to study abroad options and encouraging his or her readiness to go overseas. In this session, educators will learn how having an international exchange experience can play an integral role in the successful transition of youth with disabilities into the global community, and what educators can do to support them in their overseas experience. The session will also include:

  • An introduction to international exchange and funding opportunities for youth
  • Testimonials from international exchange program alumni with disabilities about their overseas experiences
  • Considerations and examples of accommodations for specific disability types
  • Resources for educators

About the presenting organization: Mobility International USA (MIUSA) provides support services to Placement Organizations that host A-SMYLE, FLEX and YES program students with disabilities to enhance the international exchange experience in the United States. MIUSA also administers the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) to provide free information and referral services on people with disabilities participating in international exchange between the U.S. and other countries. The NCDE is a project sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

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iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit 2012 Session Acceptance

Thank you so much for your session proposal for the 2012 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit!  We're please to let you know that your submission has been accepted! Your proposal is now in the "iEARN accepted proposals" list on the website. Here are some important tasks for you.

1.  Because we have sessions being presented from all different time zones, as a speaker you actually schedule your own session time at This allows you to see the available slots and to pick something that works within your time zone, work schedule, or other constraints. We're quite proud of how this works, as it is one of the benefits of a virtual conference, but if you should fun into any difficulties finding a time that works for you, email me directly (

We encourage you to do this quickly, as proposals are being reviewed in the order in which they were submitted, so your priority for selecting a session time depends on you scheduling right away. When you do select you time, be sure that the scheduling system has the correct time zone for you!
To schedule your session, you should open http://www.globaleducationconference.comto your presentation proposal (you can do a search on your name to find it, or click on "My Page" in the top menu and then click on the "discussion" link on the left side to find it). Open the session booking link from above in another tab. You will find it easiest to copy the information from one to the other rather than re-type it.  Once completed, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking.

2. As a presenter, you need to make sure you are a member of the iEARN conference "presenters group" on the network website. Most of our announcements to speakers will be sent to the members of this group, so as not to email all site members. Join the group (or check to make sure you're already a member) at

3. Presenters are responsible for knowing how to use Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).  We will have a cadre of volunteers on hand during the conference to help with any issues, but you need to go through the moderator training for Collaborate if you are not a seasoned user. There will be a variety of training resources at the GEC Collaborate website, and we email the speakers group in some weeks alerting you to actual live training sessions.

Again, we are so delighted to have you participating in the 2012 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit.  Thank you!

iEARN Conference Planning Committee

how i can get the chance to participate on cpffferance

Hi Kero,

To participate in this conference go to Sessions and Schedule  and look up your time zone.  If you are asking about this particular session it is scheduled Preparing Youth with Disabilities to Go Abroad, Ashley Bryant, USA, Nov. 14, 11AM PST (UTC -8) 2PM EST English Moderator: Jennifer Russell  

The links to the rooms will listed this weekend or on the day of the session.

Diane Midness, iEARN-USA

Thank you for your participation in the 2012 iEARN Virtual Conference and Youth Summit.  Attached is a certificate of appreciation.



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