Ashland University Education Professors Awarded Fulbright-Hays Grant

Ashland University Education Professors Awarded Fulbright-Hays Grant

7/29/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Two associate professors of education in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University have been awarded funding for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant titled “Accessing Carioca Culture through the Lens of Disability.”

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis and Dr. Jason Brent Ellis received the award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International and Foreign Language Education. The award, in the value of $67,575, will fund six undergraduate students, two current school administrators and seven full-time teachers in the humanities and social sciences to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during July of 2016 to study accessibility and inclusion within a Brazilian context.

Ellis, who is project curriculum specialist for the grant, said, “We are extremely happy to be funded for this project since it will provide our students and local educators in the community the opportunity to learn another language – Portuguese -- and experience a different culture’s concept of disability and accessibility.”

Abreu-Ellis, who is the project director, explained how the seminar abroad program will work.

“The selected participants will spend four weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” she said. “They will attend a series of seminars on accessibility and inclusion provided by leading Brazilian theorists, professionals and practitioners. They will also visit tourist sites, such as Christ the Redeemer and the FIFA 2014 World Cup soccer stadium Maracanã.”

Ellis noted that the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games will take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, so this event is timely given the thematic concept of access that this project focuses upon.

“We were thrilled when we received the grant’s technical review and found out that we had received 100 out of 105 possible points on the proposal,” Abreu-Ellis said. “This is a competitive grant and we are honored to have been selected.”

About 53 percent of total cost of the study abroad program is funded by GPA, while 47 percent or $59,178 will be funded by nongovernmental sources. More information about the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program can be found at:

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