Access & Inclusion (ACCESS)
Access and Inclusion is concerned with achieving the equal participation of students and staff with disabilities in all aspects of higher education, especially international mobility.
These students and staff are underrepresented in exchange programmes, with multiple barriers to entry such as deep-rooted cultural attitudes to disability, lack of information about opportunities and misconceptions about the range and nature of different disabilities and the accommodations required.
It is estimated that 80 million people living in the EU have a mild to severe disability and that the proportion of students and staff with disabilities at universities across Europe ranges from 8-10%. Despite worldwide recognition that equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities should be self-evident and safeguarded, in daily practice much work remains to be done to achieve equal access and participation in society.
The mission of ACCESS is to increase the participation and improve the experience of students and staff with disabilities in international higher education through activities designed to exchange knowledge, change perceptions and influence national and European policy.