Professional Fellows Program LogoThe Association of University Centers for Disabilities (AUCD), with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMASS Boston, and AUCD’s national network of university centers are pleased to implement the ADA International Fellowship Program honoring Senators Robert Dole’s and Thomas Harkin’s work in disability rights, education, and inclusion.

This program creates opportunities for mid-level professionals from around the globe to learn from the U.S. disability experience about inclusive education and workplace culture. The program enables Fellows to translate what they learn to their local contexts with the goal of improving the quality of life and equal opportunities for children and adults in their home countries. The ADA International Fellowship Program prepares the next generation of global leaders in inclusive education for their critical roles.

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.


Meet the AUCD and ICI staff coordinating the ADA International Fellowship Program.



The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.