Over time ESN has put a lot of effort into advocating for a more inclusive Erasmus+ programme through active involvement in different projects, the last one being the Inclusive Mobility Alliance that has been officially launched on the 22nd of January 2019 during a conference at the European Parliament gathering more than 20 organisations with expertise in Disability, Youth and Higher Education, the Alliance aims at making Erasmus+ more inclusive.
Currently with the EPFIME project, we examine the needs and expectations on inclusive mobility of national authorities, students with disabilities and higher education institutions across Europe while focusing on how national authorities and higher education institutions can collaborate more strongly to ensure the quality and transferability of support services for both incoming and outgoing students with disabilities in exchange programmes.
Three separate surveys have been created to gather the needs and expectations of students with disabilities, ministries of education and higher education institutions across Europe on inclusive mobility, while focusing on how ministries and higher education institutions can collaborate more effectively to ensure the quality and transferability of support services for both incoming and outgoing students with disabilities in exchange programmes.
The outcomes of the project, including an innovative toolbox, will stimulate the better and more in-depth collaboration of the different stakeholders and increase the quality and transportability of support services among European countries. The outcomes of this research will be published on inclusivemobility.eu.
ESN believes that this project will make the Erasmus+ programme more accessible and that getting to experience the life-changing benefits of mobility will be easier for the groups that are currently underrepresented in the flagship EU programme.
The surveys for students with disabilities and higher education institutions are open for responses until 30 October 2019.