Foreign exchange with a disability? can it be done?

I've always been the kind of girl that likes to travel and experience new things. Since middle school, I've loved the idea of doing foreign exchange, mostly to countries with very different cultures like Japan or South Korea (I'm US born with both a US and European citizenship). My problem is, I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair. For me this means I use a wheelchair, need accessible surroundings (little to no stairs, preferably low counters, etc), and some assistance with daily living (mainly lower body dressing, a little with using the toilet, and a bit with showering). Is foreign exchange still a possibility for me? I'm eager to experience new things but am just a bit clueless on exactly how to with my limitations. Are foreign families and/or schools in the countries I've expressed interest in welcoming to those with challenges? Are their certain things I'd need to know about those countries concerning my disability (accessibility laws, customs, etc)? Do foreign exchange programs ever have assistants for students?

Feel free to share any personal experience or advice, it's very much appreciated!
Asked Jul 28, 2014

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