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Students with disabilities may find new challenges to address before and during study abroad. Laws and cultural norms that impact accessibility vary from country to country. In the US, wheelchair accessibility or study aids for visual impairment are examples of disability related needs that US universities address on a regular basis, and federal laws govern how these issues are handled. Depending on the program and location you choose, your own needs may present a relatively uncommon scenario for a study abroad program provider to consider in an environment governed by different disability laws and social norms. While potentially challenging, these considerations are manageable and should not inhibit an international experience. Any student who may need accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability is strongly encouraged to study abroad, however advance planning is essential.
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in any ASU study abroad program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on any Study Abroad Office program.
Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether your preferred program can meet your accommodation needs.