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  • Locations: Bangalore, India; Hyderabad, India
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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 Location Hyderabad, Golbarga, Bangalore, India
 Academic
 Term
Early Fall 2017
August 31 – September 22, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $2,600
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites At least a 2.8 GPA
 Program      Directors Mark Harniss, Cody McDonald
 Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline April 26, 2017 - EXTENDED
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General Are you interested in studying disability in an international context? Do you want to understand disability from a human rights, economic, and rehabilitation perspective? This course will connect you with scholars in India who work on issues related to disability. It will give you an introduction to the unique context of India and connect that setting to a broader global context. And, it will allow you to meet students in India who have similar interests .
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Program Description

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This study abroad program addresses disability within low and middle income countries. Using India as a cultural, political and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, availability of assistance and support, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights, specifically the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and international development.

This program will be held in three locations in southern India:

  • Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh
  • Kalaburagi, Karnataka
  • Bengaluru, Karnataka

The plan will be to fly into Hyderabad and spend a couple days acclimating and learning about the history and culture of India. Hyderabad has a population of about 10.1 million. It sits at the juncture between north and south India and reflects the cultural distinctiveness of those two broad regional sections. It has a population that splits roughly 50/50 between Hindus and Muslims and a rich history dating back thousands of years. It also reflects current modern trends with its Hitech City (a technology and software hub) and rapid growth and urbanization. In Hyderabad, we will work with Jonty Rajagopalan who runs a tour company focused on providing immersion experiences in Hyderabad. She will provide an introduction to the cultures, religions, history, and geography of India--with a specific focus on the region in which we will spend time.

From there, we will drive across the state border into Karnataka to the town of Kalaburagi (née Golbarga). This rapidly growing town of about 1 million is located within a rural area that has been deemed "backward" by the Indian government. Backward regions are those that have historically had limited access to education and employment and where a significant proportion of the population live on limited incomes. They also perform lowest on the Millennium Development Goals related to poverty, hunger, literacy, immunization, infant mortality, and elementary enrollment.

In Kalaburagi, we will collaborate with Central University of Karnataka (CUK, http://www.cuk.ac.in/), a newly created (6-year old) facility that was created by the Indian government to provide educational opportunities for citizens of this region. CUK is located about 30 km outside of Kalaburagi in a rural area. Students from the region access the university via buses or other modes of transportation or stay in the university dorms. The university has programs in arts, humanities, management, sciences and engineering. Our primary collaborator at CUK will be Dr. Channaveer, R.M. who is the Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the Social Work program. Dr. Channaveer's students not only participate in academic programs at CUK, but have practicum requirements that involve working in local villages to implement social development strategies. At CUK, UW students will live in the dorms, participate in classes and lectures, and partner with a student from the Social Work program to visit local villages.

Karnataka has a unique program to provide support for people with disabilities called Village Level Rehabilitation Workers (VRWs). VRWs are people with disabilities who receive a stipend from the state government to help other people with disabilities connect with social benefit programs (e.g., the disability benefit) and UW students will have an opportunity to meet with VRWs to better understand their work and the challenges they face.

From CUK, we will travel by train to Bengaluru (née Bangalore). In Bengaluru, we will work with Indumathi Rao and the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Network (South Asia). CBR is a strategic approach to increasing equal opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities. It is an inclusive, rather than segregated, approach and is led primarily by people with disabilities. The CBR Network in Bengaluru provides training, educational materials, consulting, and advocacy support related to disability issues in India and is linked with Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

In Bengaluru, students will stay in private apartments and will have another urban experience in a city of about 11.5 million. Academically, they will participate in lectures and training related to CBR and its implementation and will visit local NGOs who focus on issues related to disability.
Students will fly home from Bengaluru or will continue their travel after completion of the program.

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Location

Hyderabad, Golbarga, Bangalore, India

Sites

Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, Bangalore, Karnataka

Housing

All housing will involve shared rooms. In Hyderabad, we will rent private apartments. At CUK, students will stay at the university guest house. In Bangalore, students will be in private apartments, hotels, or hostels.

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Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

his program is open to all students, but it may be particularly relevant for students from the School of Medicine (i.e., Global Health, Social Work, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Public Health), the College of Arts and Sciences (i.e., Law and Social Justice, Disability Studies, Comparative History of Ideas), and the School of Business (i.e., Jackson School of International Studies). We accept undergraduate and graduate students. Students who would be a good match for this program would have some international travel experience, interested in moving outside of their comfort zones to explore new situations, and be capable of enduring some discomfort and long hours. They would also have an interest in understanding cultures that are very different from their own and be willing to critically analyze their own cultural beliefs.

Students must have a 2.8 GPA and will participate an interview in which they describe their interest and appropriateness for the program (i.e., they have some experience and interest in disability, they are prepared to live in a limited resource environment, that they understand the risks and benefits of participation). br />
Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Instructors are happy to discuss potential challenges in travel and to work with the UW Disability Services Office to identify necessary accommodations.

Credits

5 Credits

Courses

REHAB 496 (5 credits)

This course addresses disability in limited resource environments in an international context. Using India as a cultural, political, and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability in low-middle income countries including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, availability of assistance and support, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights and development. Students will engage in both service and research activities.

Learning Goals: 

1. Develop a broad understanding about the experience of people with disabilities in India through personal experience and study.
2. Analyze disability rights, federal and state policy, and access to services in India within the context of international human rights law (e.g., the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities).
3. Develop a perspective on international development activities related to disability in India and other LMIC countries. 4. Engage in research activities with local organizations of people with disabilities (DPOs).

DIS ST 430 (5 credits)

This course addresses disability in limited resource environments in an international context. Using India as a cultural, political, and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability in low-middle income countries including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, availability of assistance and support, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights and development. Students will engage in both service and research activities.

Learning Goals: 

1. Develop a broad understanding about the experience of people with disabilities in India through personal experience and study.
2. Analyze disability rights, federal and state policy, and access to services in India within the context of international human rights law (e.g., the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities).
3. Develop a perspective on international development activities related to disability in India and other LMIC countries. Engage in research activities with local organizations of people with disabilities (DPOs).

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Program Directors & Staff

Mark Harniss, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Program Director

Dr. Harniss led a similar study abroad to Brazil in 2012 and has visited all program sites in India twice in the last year. He has recent experience working in Botswana and South Africa to implement a technology project. He is an experienced university faculty member who has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in special education, instructional technology, and disability studies over the last 20 years.

mharniss@uw.edu

Cody McDonald, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Program Co-Director

Ms. McDonald is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Science and has worked with students in multiple international contexts. She traveled to Cusco, Peru in August, 2016 for two weeks with a multi-disciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals and GROW (global rehabilitation organization at Washington), a graduate student organization. While in Cusco, Ms. McDonald mentored physical therapy and prospective therapy students in clinical treatment of children in need of assistive device such as orthoses and wheelchairs. In 2012, Ms. McDonald worked as an orthotist mentor in Laos, PDR at the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE). During her time there, she intermittently mentored both local clinicians and visiting Australian and British university students. Ms. McDonald has served as a primary instructor for multiple clinical courses in the University of Washington Master in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO) program since 2014 and co-taught Rehab 556: Introduction to Global Rehabilitation in the Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral program in 2016.

codym@uw.edu

Program Expenses

Cost: $2,600

Estimated Program Fee of $2,600, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $2,600 October 13, 2017
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $2,950 -

Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing studyabroad@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.