ExchangeAbility - "Pink Power!"
ExchangeAbility is a project of ESN with the aim is to promote and foster mobility opportunities and accessible Higher Education possibilities for students with disabilities. Additionally, ESN also wants to provide the conditions and opportunities for students with disabilities to actively participate in student life as well as raise awareness of the local communities about the topic. In addition, the goal of this project is to educate ESN and through that the local society to show them the way to organise inclusive events and make Erasmus Student Network, and Europe in general, accessible for everyone!
Aims of the project
The project has dual aims that can be summarised as:
- Making ESN a more accessible association for disabled students at all the levels of its activities.
- Increasing the number of students with disabilities going on exchange.
A new project on HEIs accessibility to students with disabilities and special needs
Erasmus Student Network (ESN), applied to the European Youth Fondation of the Council of Europe for financial support for a project called MapAbility: Mapping the HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) accessibility for student with disabilities and special needs.
- The project aims at mapping the accessibility of European HEIs to students with disabilities and special needs
- The main aim activity planned for the project is a European Conference:
- to evaluate the process of integration of students with special needs
- to enhance their inclusion to the local community
- The promotion of student mobility in Higher Education
- to facilitate an increase of student mobility among students with disabilities, socially oriented students and ExchangeAbility coordinators
- to share best practices and experience
- map different European universities according to their architectural barriers and accessibility
- create a common vision regarding social inclusion of disabled youth in student mobility
- aim at increasing the awareness among students to improve social inclusion for all students, regardless to their abilities or disabilities
The project officially started in October 2013 and the map is available here.