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Special Needs/(Dis)abilities

Reasonable Accommodations for Study Abroad
 
Policy Statement
International Education & Engagement (IEE) at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL) strives to assure equal access and full participation by persons with disabilities. If you require services because of a disability, you may notify the UWL ACCESS Center by emailing ACCESSCenter@uwlax.edu or calling 608.785.6900. This voluntary self-identification allows UWL and IEE to prepare any necessary and appropriate support services to facilitate your learning.
 
Reasonable Accommodations
Please note that all requests for services and accommodations must be supported by the documentation on file and be reasonable and appropriate within the limits set forth by state and federal law and university procedure. UWL and IEE will make efforts to assist students with finding reasonable accommodations to participate in the program. The accommodations cannot fundamentally alter the nature of a course or program of study or present an undue hardship for either the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse or the host institution.
 
Although many countries are becoming more aware of the needs of people with disabilities, not all countries have similar laws and accessible infrastructure and services. Consequently, requests which may be reasonable in a domestic context may not be reasonable in the international context in light of available resources. When contemplating study abroad, students should:
 
Research possible accommodations in other countries such as accessible housing, public transportation, assistive technology, admission of service animals, etc.
Research alternative study abroad options in countries where appropriate accommodations may be more readily available.

The providers below have identified particular programs that are especially conducive to students with special needs or disabilities.  This does not imply that programs outside this listing cannot accommodate special needs or should not be considered.

API
Students interested in studying abroad through API can visit their Accommodating Special Needs page to learn more information. 

CEA 

The lists below are compiled based on the responses to a survey assessing each location’s ability to accommodate special needs. The staff was asked to rate their own location’s ability to accommodate students with these respective disabilities. The “location” as a whole was to be considered – including campus/es, city, additional resources available through the GC or partner institution, etc. Based on the responses, we were able to identify which cities can best meet the needs of the respective disabilities. The lists are sorted more or less in order of their ability to accommodate the disability, with locations that are better suited towards the top of the list.
 
Blindness
London
Dublin
Deafness
London
Dublin
Buenos Aires
Prague
Wheelchair-bound
London
Dublin
Condition Requiring a Service Animal
Dublin
Prague
Seville
Paris
Florence
Difficulty Walking
London
Dublin
San Jose
Paris
Barcelona
Granada
French Riviera
Buenos Aires
Vina del Mar
Prague
Port Elizabet
Seizures
Dublin
London
San Jose
Barcelona
Madrid
Granada
Seville
Buenos Aires
Prague
Conditions Requiring Ongoing Treatment (i.e. allergy shots)
Barcelona
Madrid
Granada
Seville
Paris
Florence
London
Dublin
Buenos Aires
San Jose
Prague
French Alps
French Riviera
 
Locations better suited for students with a disability (in general): London, Dublin, San Jose, Buenos Aires, Prague
Locations less suitable for students with a disability (in general): Florence, French Alps, French Riviera