The office of Student Disability Services (SDS) and the Center
for Global Education (CGE) provide joint support for students with
disabilities who are interested in participating in an off-campus
study program. Services are offered for students registered with
SDS for apparent and non-apparent disabilities.
Students need to be aware that disability laws differ outside
the USA so level of accessibility and accommodations vary among
programs; flexibility may be needed. In some situations,
transportation, technology, architecture, and overall
infrastructure may be inaccessible to people with certain types of
disabilities. For this reason, students need to disclose to SDS
their disability- related needs as early as possible in the
application process. This allows adequate time to
assess needs, determine possibilities, and identify locations that
are conducive to the student's disability- related needs, and make
any necessary advance arrangements. While students with
disabilities are expected to take an active role in initiating a
discussion about their intention to participate in an off-campus
study program, assistance is available in helping students
determine program fit, course selection, and ways in which personal
needs might be addressed.
Each student's situation is unique and must be reviewed on an
individualized basis in order to help ensure a successful
experience. It is important for students to engage in an
honest self- assessment regarding the disability, to anticipate any
potential issues that could occur, and to develop a plan for
managing the disability while away from campus. Without appropriate
advance planning, there is increased potential for a problematic
Interested students with disabilities should follow the process
- Register for services through Student Disability Services (SDS)
in Jordan Hall 136 if not already registered. Additional
information about registering for services is available through SDS
in Jordan Hall 136 or www.butler.edu/disability.
- Plan early and communicate individualized needs to SDS so staff
can assist throughout the entire application process.
- Attend orientation and informational sessions hosted by CGE in
order to fully research and explore options. Start gathering
information about how disability- related needs will interface with
the resources available in particular locations and programs.
- Participate in individualized planning meetings with staff
members from CGE, SDS, and other relevant members of the university
community. These meetings are vital in that they assist students in
identifying potential areas of concerns and allow for broad
discussion between the student and individuals who are experienced
in facilitating off -campus services and accommodations for
students with disabilities. Meeting(s) will be arranged by SDS
after the student provides notification about intent to participate
in an off- campus study program.
- Students may be asked to sign a written release allowing
disclosure of disability- related information to relevant third
parties as needed. Depending on the circumstances, this could
include sharing information with individuals abroad. Students
should be prepared to discuss medical and physical needs, level of
support needed, as well as medications that will be needed abroad,
so a determination can be made as to whether or not those needs can
be adequately met outside the USA.