MappED! is a project supported by the European Commission. It aims to equalize the opportunities of students with disabilities to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.
While conducting the MappED! survey, we identified mobility opportunities open to students with disabilities, including, how the supplementary grant is attributed in each country, the application procedure for the supplementary grant, the support services pre-departure students with disabilities can avail of and examples of best practice from National Agencies for Erasmus+ and Higher Education Institutions.
From December 2015 to March 2016 we designed the MappED! survey 2016 with invaluable support and advice from the European Commission, the Erasmus+ Higher Education National Agencies Working Group on Special Needs and the French National Agency for Erasmus+. The research was conducted in April 2016 and 22 countries (out of 33) responded to the survey: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The results of this research were uploaded to this online platform, where our advisory board (European Blind Union, Autism Europe, European Deaf Students Union, EAIE ACCESS group and Anthony Giannoumis - a researcher in the field of accessible technology) gave their input to improve the content.
On the MappED! website, students and staff with disabilities, Disability Officers and International Relations Officers can find information about mobility opportunities for students/staff with disabilities in an easy, transparent and accessible manner.
This study didn’t focus on numbers and figures, as statistics are available from the European Commission in English, French and German. Instead we focused on the experience of National Agencies in relation to mobility for students with disabilities.
Our work on this project lead us to discover a wealth of interesting websites and online material which you may find useful:
- United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- European Union - Persons with Disabilities
- EU Disability Stategy: 2010-2020
- European Disability Forum
- European Network on Independent Living
- Disability Intergroup
- The Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED)
- Ted talk. Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity
If you have any questions regarding this survey and the info center contact Sarah Holveck at: sarah [pontt] holveck [arrb] ixesn [pontt] fr.