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Disability Travel Abroad Organizations

Lynn Atkinson in her wheelchair with her friend Leo in front of the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt.
Lynn Atkinson with her friend Leo in front of the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
A national, nonprofit law and policy center dedicated to furthering the civil rights of people with disabilities. DREDF provides technical assistance, information and referral, and training to individuals and organizations on disability rights laws and policies worldwide. DREDF’s website features an index of disability laws and contacts in many countries worldwide.

Institute on Independent Living
An organization that provides the Accessible Vacation Home Exchange with over 100 listings, a global network of disability organizations, and the Personal Assistant Exchange network. Also, its study and work abroad listings include universities in Europe, North America, and other parts of the world, including information on accessibility, funding, adapted housing, transportation, and personal assistance in daily living.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
A non-profit organization empowering people with disabilities around the world through international exchange and international development to achieve their human rights. MIUSA provides technical assistance, publications, information, referral, and exchange programs.

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
See MIUSA above. A "project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA." It strives to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities by providing free information and referrals to individuals, disability organizations, and exchange programs. The website has a database of disability organizations and exchange programs worldwide and offers a variety of resources and publications.

Post-Polio Health International
A network of people that gathers and disseminates information to individuals with physical disabilities, specifically survivors of polio and users of home mechanical ventilators. The website lists ventilator resources in various countries through its International Network of Ventilator Users.

Rehabilitation International (RI)
An organization that works to promote the prevention of disability, the rehabilitation of disabled people, and the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities worldwide. RI has an array of reports and conferences on disability issues. Lists member organizations worldwide on the website.

World Blind Union (WBU)
This international organization provides opportunities for blind and visually impaired people worldwide. See its website for list of member organizations.

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)
An international, non-governmental organization of national associations of Deaf people. A list of member organizations worldwide is available on the website.

The World Institute on Disability (WID)
WID offers international activities, including training, technical assistance, needs assessments, program development and evaluation, legislative and policy development, exchange programs, research, conferences, materials development, and international resource and referral to develop the capacity of disability organizations throughout the world.

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