Accessibility Off-Campus

Because we want students to enjoy a safe and rewarding study abroad experience, we encourage students with documented disabilities to consider the types of accommodations they will need when exploring the possibilities for study abroad. Many programs Lawrence offers are accessible to most students with disabilities, and we will work to ensure reasonable accommodations, when they can be arranged.

Attitudes and laws related to disabilities vary by culture and these differences impact the level of accommodation available in a particular location. Students are advised to work closely with both the Off-Campus Programs office and the program provider to prepare to participate in a study abroad program.  It is strongly recommended that you inform your program of your disability in advance of your participation; this will allow both you and the program to have a plan to address potential issues in advance of your participation.

Questions you should ask include:

  • What kind of accommodations will I need abroad?
  • How are people with my disability viewed abroad?
  • What are the laws regarding accessibility in my host country?  How accessible are places in my host country?
  • Do I have the appropriate documentation for my accommodations?
  • What is the local learning environment like?
  • What housing and transportation options exist?
  • Who are the faculty and staff I will need to work with on site to make arrangements for my accommodations?
  • Is it possible for the program to accommodate my disability in the same way it would be accommodated on campus? If not, am I willing and able to make adjustments in order to participate in this particular program?

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