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Video: Emma Verrill '10 on WCSH, Blog from Istanbul

Story posted November 11, 2009

Emma Verrill '10, in Istanbul, Turkey, to share her experience traveling abroad with a disability, was featured on the WCSH newsmagazine 207 November 10, 2009.

Verrill, who uses a wheelchair, studied in France last semester and has been invited to sit on the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) panel, "Local Strategies for Including Students with Disabilities on Study Abroad Programs," at the organization's annual conference in Istanbul. Verrill spoke on the topic Thursday, Nov. 12.


Verrill has used a wheelchair since her sophomore year of high school, when unsuccessful surgery to treat kyphosis, a curvature of the upper spine, left her paralyzed from the waist down.

The Emma Verrill Blog
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Emma Verrill '10 at the Saturday morning market in Rennes, France, while studying abroad.

Verrill shares details of her experiences in Istanbul and on the CIEE panel with blog posts for 207.

Read Verrill's blog.


207 co-host Kathleen Shannon interviewed Verrill on campus in October.

In a wide-ranging interview, Verrill discusses how she has adjusted to college life over the past four years and how she has helped the college adjust to its first wheelchair-bound student.

She also talks about what brought her to Istanbul and what she hopes to accomplish.

"It is hard and scary to travel where you don't speak the language, and aren't familiar with the culture, not to mention the fear of not knowing the physical landscape where you are traveling," Verrill says.

"I'm hoping to learn about where the hesitancy is in sending students with disabilities abroad, if it exists, and empower college administrators and students to make their hopes of study abroad possible."

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