How to Run Together: On Study Abroad and the ASD Experience
Keywords:Study abroad, Disabilities, Higher education, Education abroad, Ecuador, Autism Spectrum Disorder
The growing offering of study abroad programs across university campuses seemingly disregards the large numbers of students with disabilities accessing higher education. Given that study abroad experiences are becoming expected and, in many institutions, mandatory requirements towards graduation, it is imperative that accommodations for disabilities, as well as course design be addressed. Furthermore, the promotion of study abroad programs as a means to develop some sort of ‘cultural literacy’ demands attention to the cultural processes surrounding perceptions of/ and responses to disability, and which are, above all, culturally specific. Through two case studies in Cuenca, Ecuador, we address some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the participation of two ASD students, both high functioning, in the study abroad experience.
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