FOREIGN LANGUAGE SURVEY for US People with Disabilities: Take 10 Minutes to Share Experience Studying, or Being Excluded From Learning, Foreign Languages

Posted on 29 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Cross-Disability, Education, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

NOTE from We Can Do editor: I hope that We Can Do readers with disabilities in the United States will take 10 minutes of their time to participate in a survey on their experiences studying foreign languages–or, as the case might be, on their experience being excluded from these opportunities.

People with disabilities in developing countries cannot lift themselves out of poverty if mainstream international development and humanitarian agencies and organizations continue to overlook their concerns when developing new programs and policies. One important way to ensure that the needs of poor disabled people are always put front and center is for more mainstream international development organizations to hire more disabled employees from all countries. Workers with disabilities need to be employed across all sectors, in all regions, and at all levels of all agencies and organizations, including in management. (Ditto for more employees who have grown up in poverty, or who have grown up in a developing country, or all three.)

Bringing more employees with disaiblities into these organizations, among other things, means we must ensure that more students with disabilities have a way to study foreign languages. This is a critical pre-requisite: it’s not impossible to pursue a career in the field without foreign language skills, but it is harder. But, many people with disabilities in many countries–including the United States–find it difficult to receive appropriate accommodations in foreign language classes.

This foreign language survey is an opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States to take 10 minutes of their time to share their experience with studying foreign languages–or with being excluded from the opportunity. What accommodations worked best for you? Or, what would have helped if you could have had them? The deadline to participate in the survey is October 31, 2008.

Start the survey at, or if you wish, you may read the original press release about this survey below:

DATE August 26, 2008

CONTACT: Michele Scheib, Project Specialist

Foreign Language Survey Asks U.S. People with Disabilities to Respond

National surveys show US high school students with disabilities, while increasing in numbers enrolled, still lag behind their non-disabled peers in the percentages taking foreign language courses. Students with and without disabilities are close to equal in the percentages completing foreign language courses at the higher education level. However, the data does not explain what languages are being studied, how successful the learning experience is, and what are the barriers and benefits for people with disabilities at all ages.

Are you a person with a disability from the United States who is interested in taking a survey about foreign language learning and disability? The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange seeks your and other individuals with disabilities input and experiences.

Take a 10-minute Foreign Language survey online at:

Deadline to submit the survey: October 31, 2008

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA. The NCDE works to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange programs. Contact us at: 541-343-1284 (tel/tty),,

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange provides free information and referral services related to the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange programs. The Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and is managed by Mobility International USA, which is celebrating its 27th year as a U.S.-based non-profit organization.

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