Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary International Fellowship Program in Inclusive Education: A University of Minnesota Partnership with India, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Ukraine


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Creates an international community of learning based on inclusive education, disability advocacy and policy, and community inclusion. Partnering with universities and nongovernmental organizations in India, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Ukraine, the project selected 28 international fellows from these four countries to participate in a 4-6 week exchange in Minnesota (20 fellows) and Arizona (8) in spring 2017. The exchange focused on inclusive education and was based on experiential learning, reflective practice, inclusive service learning, and person-centered planning. Sixteen American participants who mentored visiting fellows while they were in the U.S. in the spring traveled in fall 2017 to the respective countries for two weeks to follow-up on each country's grand challenge, conduct workshops on inclusive education, disability policy and advocacy, and provide technical assistance.

This project was archived on 2019-08-28T00:00:00.000-05:00

Brian H Abery, Renata Ticha
Brian H Abery, Renata Ticha
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Arizona State University
Armenian State Pedagogical University
Bilim-Central Asia Educational Center
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education
Odessa Development Fund
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
UNICEF Armenia
Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University



Brian H Abery :: Research Manager 3

Christopher J Johnstone :: Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Sherry Gray :: Director, International Programs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Renata Ticha :: Research Associate

Partner staff

Iris Drower :: Senior Sustainability Scientist


  • Community life
    • Person-centered planning and practices
      • Social inclusion
      • Education practices (K12 and transition)
        • Inclusive service learning
        • International initiatives
          • Disability advocacy
            • Inclusive education


            • Dissemination
              • Evaluation
                • Outreach
                  • Technical assistance
                    • Training and professional development