The Erasmus Student Network has recently launched MappED! - the platform for inclusive academic mobility.
MappED! Is a unique repository where students with disabilities can find all relevant information to support their participation in academic mobility programmes.
MappED! provides information on various aspects of mobility with a focus on students with disabilities. Its interactive map rates a university on several factors, ranging from: the accessibility of its physical location, the user-friendliness of its website and the availability of services provided for students with disabilities. To date, over 350 higher education institutions have been mapped, with the number growing every day.
The map is crowdsourced, with content generated through user submissions. This has been made simple with the MappED! mobile app, available on Android. With the app, anyone can review and submit information on their universities’ accessibility within minutes.
“At 0.15%, the rate of students with disabilities going on exchange is abysmal. With MappED!, we hope to encourage more students with disabilities to go abroad, by providing them security in the knowledge that support services are available to them at their host universities.”
- Thomas Pappas, Board Member of ESN.
MappED! also features an Info Centre, where students are able to read about the special funding opportunities available, find the contact information of all relevant bodies in the application process, and read the many inspirational ‘success stories’ of those who managed to complete their study period abroad despite their disability.