Join us as traveler and disability advocate Johileny Meran shares invaluable insights on how to empower students with disabilities to explore the world. We discuss her study abroad experience in London, receive tips for creating more inclusive gap year experiences and feel reaffirmed in the transformative impact of international experiences for all. Johileny is a graduate of NYU’s College of Arts and Science, having received a bachelor’s of Arts in Global Public Health/Sociology with a minor in Disabilities Studies.

Johileny Travel tips:

Take photos of any equipment that gets loaded on the plane in case it is damaged out of your sight.

Go on short trips to get used to navigating travel with your equipment and luggage.

Get to know your equipment inside and out in order to make your own repairs and make sure your travel/medical insurance covers your equipment.

Enjoy your travels! It is so worth it.

Resources for Gap Year and College Aged Travelers with Disabilities:

Mobility USA library of resources for people traveling with a disability.

NYU Accessibility in Study Abroad is a resource for NYU students traveling abroad and features

4 Takeaways from my Study Abroad Experience for Exchange Professionals:

Finding Strength in Identity:

AccessibleGO is a full-service travel platform dedicated to helping people with disabilities make the most out of their travels. They offer articles written by community members who all have first-hand experience traveling with a disability.

Google maps Accessibility function:

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the search bar, enter your destination.
  3. In the list of results, click the location you want.
  4. Click Directions and then Transit Transit.
  5. Click Options.
  6. Under “Routes,” click Wheelchair accessible.
  7. Choose your route.


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