People who are involved in any aspect of promoting the organization’s programs—whether answering phones, attending conferences, giving community presentations or other public relations activities—should be prepared to answer questions about the program’s policy on including people with disabilities.Most international programs use sophisticated techniques for screening applicants for eligibility based on qualifications.Identifying contacts at organizations that are led by and work with people with disabilities is essential to recruiting and accommodating participants with disabilities in international exchange.
Create a position within the organization that focuses on increasing the diversity of staff, administrators, volunteers and program participants.
Ensure that disability-inclusive policies are communicated to all staff members and volunteers in an organization.
Interaction with an unsupportive or uninformed staff member can negate otherwise positive recruitment efforts.
Recruitment materials such as brochures, websites and posters should include images of people with disabilities, and, if possible, quotes by participants with disabilities who have participated successfully.
A picture and/or quote from an exchange participant who uses a wheelchair or a white cane sends a powerful message to potential applicants, parents, school administrators, leaders in the disability community, and others, that students with disabilities are welcome to participate and have successful experiences abroad.