In honor of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act’s anniversary as well as the 50th Special Olympics, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) would like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on our exchange participants who continually show us how individuals with disabilities can live #WithoutLimits.
One exchange alumna with a disability is Sri Lestari, an ECA Sports Diplomacy grantee from Indonesia. She explains that her exchange helped her learn how to teach children to play sports regardless of having a disability. She said in a video, “the most memorable part of my exchange is when I can learn how to do adaptive sport with National Abilities Center in Utah, because I can teach the children with disability who still stay at home to play adaptive sport.”
Another exchange participant who lives #WithoutLimits is Ikhwan Bwanaadi, a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumnus from Kenya. “The most memorable part of my exchange in the United States is when I went to Florida, and I got to go on this like huge roller coaster with my [host] brother. It was like his first time and it was fun, we enjoyed it.” Ikhwan continues, “then I’m riding bike and so it’s like very exciting for me because it is my first time and it helped me improve my confidence.” Read more about his exchange story on the ECA website.
Many of our exchange alumni with disabilities have shared their stories on how they live their lives #WithoutLimits. On ECA’s Lives #WithoutLimits page, you can see many stories from ECA’s exchange alumni with disabilities and learn more about the different ECA programs and initiatives. Exchanges are for all and help showcase America’s spirit of equal access for all.
About the Author: BryAna Stearns serves in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).