Inclusive Mobility: Only 0.17% ERASMUS students have a disability

28 January 2019
Participants in the inclusive mobility alliance event

ERASMUS+, the flagship EU programme that promotes education mobility, needs to vastly improve its engagement of persons with disabilities. From all the programmes participants (including its strands of vocational training and learning projects), only 2.8% were persons with disabilities.

The results were even worse in the programme’s most popular strand, which supports Higher Education in spending semesters or years abroad, studying in other EU countries: only 0.17% of participants had a disability.  

This is why several organisations, led by the Erasmus Student Network, created the Inclusive Mobility Alliance – a coalition of Higher Education institutions, National ERASMUS+ Agencies, disability organisations (including EDF) and youth organisations, with the aim to create an experience that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.

The Alliance launched its landmark report on the 22 January, in an event in the European Parliament in Brussels. The report contains 17 recommendation, including:

  • Training all staff working on ERASMUS+ in inclusive communication;
  • Identifying sources of funding for special needs and communicating them clearly to beneficiaries;
  • Creating an “Inclusive Office” in National Agencies

The full report is available here

The meeting also served to launch the Inclusive Mobility Alliance Declaration, which EDF signed.

For more information, read the Erasmus Student Network’s Press Release


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