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Research on Deaf Access to Education Abroad

Currently, the Gallaudet Education Abroad and International Fellowships team at Gallaudet University is conducting research and gathering resources to determine how we can increase access to education abroad programs for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students. This research is funded through a U.S. State Department grant as part of the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, managed by World Learning.

One of the main grant activities is a series of surveys designed to collect more information about the experiences of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students who participated in education abroad programs over the last three to five years. The surveys will help us determine some best practices for supporting deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students who wish to participate in education abroad programs. 

Additionally, we are gathering resources that university advisors can use to support deaf students, resources that deaf students can use to navigate the application and accommodations process, and resources that third party providers can use to design inclusive programs. 

We will condense these resources into a single website to serve as a clearinghouse for questions regarding supporting deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students in education abroad programs. The information is intended to be practical and will include information about accessibility, providing accommodations, paying for accommodations, inclusive design, tips for advisors, and more.  

This will not only benefit the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students by providing them increased information, it will also supply practical advice to universities and advisors to make their advising processes and programs more accessible. This information will help the entire education abroad field increase access for an underrepresented group. The field of education abroad is ever-changing, adapting to provide information and flexibility in accommodating students from all walks of life. This research will aid the education abroad field not only by increasing the diversity of student participants, but the inclusivity of programs. 

For more information about this research or if you have information to contribute to the project, please contact us at