An International Trip Without Borders: Exploring Inclusive Opportunities In London And Ireland
While there are at least 220 postsecondary education program opportunities for students with intellectual (learning) disabilities (ID) in the United States, there are also several postsecondary programs to explore and learn from internationally. Traveling internationally has great benefits. First, international trips can expand horizons for individuals with and without disabilities. Unfortunately, even in the United States, there is limited research related to individuals with ID traveling abroad as part of their college experience. Second, it is important for individuals with ID to experience international travel like many other college students and same aged peers. Third, these travel experiences can provide strategies and support for social and independent living inclusion internationally while using peer mentors and social networking for lasting relationships and increased self-determination skills. Finally, study abroad opportunities provide numerous transportation and travel training experiences serving as primary learning initiatives within actual settings with natural supports. It takes a collaborative team effort to pull off trip planning, but the benefits are endless allowing for opportunities of experiential learning and friendships that last a lifetime.
Kelley, K. R. (2014). An International Trip Without Borders: Exploring Inclusive Opportunities In London And Ireland. All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 6(2), 1951-1954.