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Educational Opportunities

This is a list of educational opportunities, such as summer camps, training, study abroad programs, and more. This list does not include scholarships.

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These programs for young people and students with disabilities are organized by the deadline date for application. They include a number of different types of activities ranging from summer camps that teenagers can attend to study abroad programs for college students. Some of them are designed specifically for Latinos and other minority groups, while others are designed specifically for people with disabilities or people learning about disability. Scholarships are not included here. If you are looking for a scholarship, see our Scholarship Opportunities page, or if you are looking for other awards, check out the Grants & Awards page. We also have information regarding study abroad programs in the resources section of our Internship Opportunities list. You should always keep in mind that you do not have to limit yourself to programs that are designed for people with disabilities. For example, students with disabilities can get accomodations for hundreds of study abroad programs that do not focus on disability.

Graduate Anthropology and Occupational Therapy Program in Guatemala

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) has a summer Occupational Therapy program in Antigua Guatemala. This program is for occupational therapy or anthropology graduate students wishing to earn credit for 6 weeks of a 12-week Level II fieldwork according to ACOTE accreditation standards. They will also be able to explore a remunerative and rewarding profession and its approach to social justice in an international context. During this program, participants will spend 6 weeks with expert anthropologists and master occupational therapist clinicians in neonatology and child development, community-based gerontology and disability studies. They will learn critical theories about international development and explore hands-on research and practice. Deadline: December 31, 2011


Master's degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP)

American University's School of International Service is offering a Master's degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP). The Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) is the world’s first virtual Master’s program on disability studies and public policy. At the forefront of technological innovation, the program’s cyberinfrastructure cuts across geographic boundaries, allowing faculty to teach and students to be taught entirely online. Anyone from around the world can apply for the CIDP Master's program. Deadline: January 15, 2012


The Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

The Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an annual career and leadership training program that is both educational and motivational. Sponsored annually by The Able Trust, the YLF brings together rising high school juniors and seniors each summer to spend a long weekend in Tallahassee learning about community and academic resources, disability history, career options and personal leadership. They also take part in social activities which enable them to network, learn from each other and build friendships that will last a lifetime. Deadline: January 23, 2012


MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

MITES(Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. This national program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering in an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse nation and world. MITES is rooted in MIT's belief in the importance to our nation that minorities and other underrepresented segments of the population pursue higher education and careers in these fields. The program is 100% scholarship-based. Funding from industry, foundations, and individuals covers all living and educational expenses for each admitted student. Students only pay for their transportation to and from MIT. Deadline: February 3, 2012


California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities

The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an exciting five day leadership program that provides information on everything from technology to resource agencies, and helps you create a "Personal Leadership Plan" to help you reach your future education and career goals. Plus, you and your peers will be able to meet and interact with leaders in the State and Nation - celebrities, politicians, entertainers, and other role models from the "disability community" The forum will take place at the end of July in the State Capitol in Sacramento. Student delegates and volunteer staff stay in the dorms at California State University, Sacramento. If you have never experienced a university campus,before, this is a great opportunity to do so! Furthermore, there is no cost! Deadline: February 10, 2012


ADAPT Youth Summit

The ADAPT Youth Summit is now accepting applications for the 2011 Summit!   The Summit will be held in Chicago in June 10-14, 2011. We are training young people with disabilities on direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience.  Deadline: March 1, 2012


College Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

The R.E.A.C.H. (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) program at the College of Charleston is a four-year inclusive program for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.  The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for all students to realize their intellectual and personal potential, and to become responsible, productive members of society.  Students will participate in the academic, residential, social, and cultural experiences offered by the College, with appropriate support for success. Deadline: March 1, 2012


National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam

This five-day academy will engage and inspire the next generation of blind youth to consider careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). While staying on a college campus, students will be mentored by blind role models during fun and challenging activities meant to build confidence and increase science literacy.  Activities will take place with help from instructional supporters such as institutions and corporations working in STEM-related fields.  The NFB Youth Slam will culminate with an exciting closing event in our nation’s capital. Deadline: March 1, 2011


Disability in a Diverse Society – Dublin, Ireland Study Abroad

Offered in collaboration with the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (ORDS) in the College of Education and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) at Michigan State University, this summer program in Dublin, Ireland will provide students a unique opportunity to increase awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of various aspects of disability in the U.S. and abroad. Students will have a variety of opportunities to explore their own attitudes and beliefs about persons with disabilities through formal instruction, as well as an experiential learning component. The program will appeal to both students with and without disabilities who have an interest in disability studies. Deadline: March 1, 2012


PEOPLE pre-college program for students in Wisconsin

PEOPLE is a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college. Their journey prepares them to apply, be successfully admitted and enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. PEOPLE accepts highly motivated students into a rigorous program to build study skills, explore and strengthen academic and career interests, and gain a positive experience on a world-class campus. PEOPLE is designed for students with strong academic potential who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and also are African American, American Indian, Asian American (with an emphasis on Southeast Asian American), Chicano/a, Puerto Rican, Latino/a, or low-income students. Deadline: March 11, 2011


Summer Study Abroad Program in Spain

Twelve New Yorkers with disabilities ages 18 - 24 will be exploring Spain and participating in an exciting cross-cultural and cross-disability exchange program! They will become ambassadors of disability pride by sharing cross-cultural disability perspectives with members of the local the community! Delegates will be developing leadership skills, building self-confidence, making friends, and learning Spanish! Delegates will experience Spanish culture, food and customs by living with a host family! MIUSA strives to organize programs that include people with and without disabilities and people from diverse cultural backgrounds. First time travelers with disabilities who are from a cultural minority and of low socioeconomic status are included every year. MIUSA exchange programs are inclusive of people who are Deaf and hard of hearing, or have cognitive, visual, physical, psychiatric, systemic, non-apparent, or other types of disabilities. Deadline: March 15, 2012


Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Institute

The ACI Summer Institute is a week-long training for Autistic college students. The training is meant to prepare students to engage in self-advocacy and pro-neurodiversity activism on their college campuses. Any current Autistic college student in the United States is eligible to attend. Students should have at least one more year remaining in college. This institute is offered at no cost to the students chosen for the program, including travel accommodations, room and board. The institute will take place August 12th through August 17th in Baltimore, MD. Deadline: March 30, 2012


Montana Youth Leadership Forum

The Montana Youth Leadership Forum is a unique career and leadership training program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities. By serving as delegates from their communities at a 5-day intensive training, youth with disabilities will cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills. The forum will take place at the end of July. Deadline: March 30, 2012


Teach English in Spain

You can get a visa to teach English to K-12 students in Spain. The Cultural Ambassadors program pays Americans with a working knowledge of Spanish to work 12-16 hours/week with a minimum monthly stiped of 700 euros (about $1000).  Deadline: March 31, 2012


OIDD Summer Youth Program

The Oregon Institute on Disability & Development Summer Youth Program provides a unique opportunity for high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing healthcare-related careers. The primary objectives of the OIDD Summer Youth Program are to: expose students to the disabilities field, to health and allied healthcare careers, expand the definition of "disabilities" for better understanding, mentor students and facilitate network building opportunities, and expose students to community-based and clinical research. Each year the number of students selected for the program varies between 6-10 students. Students selected for the OIDD Summer Youth Program receive an engaging in meaningful experiences; students become exposed to many career opportunities available to them. Deadline: April 1, 2011


The Smithsonian Latino Center’s Young Ambassadors Program

The Young Ambassadors Program is a national, interdisciplinary leadership program for high school students gifted in the arts, sciences, or humanities. The mission of the program is to foster the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. Up to 24 graduating high school seniors with an interest and commitment to disciplines in the arts, sciences, or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures will be selected. The students will travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long all expensed paid training and leadership seminar at the Smithsonian Institution. The training seminar encourages youth to explore and understand Latino identity and embrace their own cultural heritage. Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary education internship in museums and other cultural institutions in their local communities, including Smithsonian-affiliated organizations. A program stipend will be given at the completion of the 5-week program. Deadline: April 9, 2012


IPO High School Summer Camp

The Investing Pays-Off (IPO) High School Summer Camp is designed to engage young leaders in grades 9 through 11 from across the state of California on critical issues affecting low-income and minority communities. Participants in the IPO Summer Camp will attend one of two 10-day sessions where they will learn directly from leaders in the nonprofit, public and private sectors on how to work collaboratively in addressing issues such as Affordable Housing, Healthcare Diversity and Environmental Justice. Students will be housed at Casa, the Greenlining Institute's multi-ethnic residential student cooperative near UC Berkeley to have an opportunity of experience real university life. Participants in the IPO Summer Camp will gain invaluable skills in problem solving, critical thinking and team work, while developing and nurturing their commitment to civic responsibility and social entrepreneurship. Deadline: April 13, 2012


Indiana University Kelley School of Business Junior Executive Institute (JEI)

The Junior Executive Institute is designed specifically for high school students from historically underrepresented groups, namely students who identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic, or American Indian/Native American. To be considered for the program, you must also be a high school student finishing your sophomore or junior year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The institute provides an excellent opportunity for students of color to consider careers in business. While many students may hope to obtain successful business careers one day, JEI empowers its participants with the knowledge to transform those dreams into reality. Selected students will attend only one of the two week-long sessions in June. Deadline: April 30, 2012


Explore Your Future for High School Students with Hearing Loss

Explore Your Future (EYF) is a six-day career exploration program at Rochester Institute of Technology in Upstate New York for college-bound high school students with hearing loss who will begin their junior or senior year in fall 2009. This program, offered by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), focuses on personal growth and career awareness for students as they begin to think about college. Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing faculty and staff, and EYF orientation counselors serve as role models, introduce students to their first taste of life on a college campus, and provide support for students who may be away from home for the first time. Deadline: April 30, 2012


Disability Camp for High School Girls in Michigan

Are you a high school girl with a disability between the ages of 14-19? Would you like to meet other girls with disabilities from across the state of Michigan? Then register  for "Her Power • Her Pride • Her Voice," an event for high school girls with disabilities (any visible and/or invisible) ages 14-19. As a group, we will explore what it means to be a girl teen with a disability, in today’s world.  You will challenge stereotypes and shatter myths about what it means to be a girl with a disability. Registration begins: May 8, 2012


Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum

The Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum is an overnight conference for youth with disabilities who want to participate in their communities, join the workforce and become successful adults.  The forum helps students in their final two years of high school make the transition to higher education or work and provides them with resources that will be useful to them as adults. Deadline: May 25, 2012 


Career Exploration Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Teens

Steps to Success is a career exploration camp for people going into 7th, 8th, and 9th grades who are African-American, Native American, or Latino and are deaf or hard-of-hearing. It's a weekend summer camp in early August where you and other students your age can discover what you like to do and explore careers you might choose in the future.Deadline: May 31, 2012


Virginia Tech College Bound Program

College Bound is a college transition program for high school juniors, seniors, rising college freshman with disabilities, their parents, and professionals in the fields of education, transition and rehabilitation services. Established in 1999, College Bound promotes and supports the success of students with disabilities in higher education. Our three day program will be held on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia in June. Deadline: May 31, 2011


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