SAI is dedicated to providing education abroad opportunities to all students and does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. If you experience any emotional, mental, physical or learning disabilities which may interfere with your ability to successfully pursue an academic course, and which you wish to be taken into account, please notify SAI as soon as possible. As always, advance planning is important in order to ensure the best possible experience abroad.
Although we may not be able to require our partner schools abroad to provide accommodations, SAI can offer understanding, respect, and support, and we will do our best to assist students in finding reasonable accommodations similar to their home institutions. Regarding physical disability, it is important to note that Europe’s infrastructure and ability to accommodate disabled individuals differs from what is available in the United States. SAI will do its best to reasonably accommodate all students’ needs.
Among our program choices, certain sites are better equipped to assist students with disabilities than others. As this may be a factor in choosing which SAI program abroad to attend, you may choose to notify us of any and all disabilities before applying.
We also encourage you to consult your home school disability and study abroad offices, as well as online resources such as:
- Mobility International USA (MIUSA): http://www.miusa.org/
- CIEE Knowledge Series: “Disability: Making Study Abroad Happen for You”: http://www.ciee.org/study/advisors/disability.aspx
- “Making It Happen”: A film produced by the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office and Disability Resources and Services Office: http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/makingithappen/film.html
- University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center’s “Access Abroad”: http://umabroad.umn.edu/access/