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Synthesis report Education and Training

During ANED’s third Annual Meeting on 1st December 2010 Professor Serge Ebersold (INS HEA, Institut national supérieur de formation et de recherche pour l’éducation des jeunes handicapés et les enseignements adaptés) presented  summary findings from his synthesis report on progress towards inclusive education and training for young disabled people in European countries, based on country reports prepared by ANED members. The full report is now available.

The law and policy context

The Preamble to the UN Convention recognises the importance of accessibility in education. Article 8b (Awareness Raising) requires states to encourage ‘an attitude of respect for the rights of persons with disabilities' at all levels of the education system, and Article 24 (Education) deals with the issue in detail. It asserts the right to education ‘without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity'. The education system should be inclusive at all levels, including informal and lifelong learning. This means that young disabled people should not be ‘excluded' because of their impairment or disability status. They should be able to learn ‘on an equal basis with others in the communities in which they live'. There should be provision of ‘reasonable accommodation' and  ‘individualized support'. Article 24.5 concludes that:

‘States Parties shall ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access general tertiary education, vocational training, adult education and lifelong learning without discrimination and on an equal basis with others.

To this end, States Parties shall ensure that reasonable accommodation is provided to persons with disabilities.'

 

Reports on Education and training

The following national reports from May 2010 are available:

AT BG CY CZ DE DK EE EL ES FI FR HU IE IS IT LT LV MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK UK

The synthesis report based on national reports of 2010:

ANED Task 5 Education report on equality of educational and training opportunities for young disabled people in European Countries

A focus on learning opportunities and outcomes

Education and Training was a key focus topic for ANED reporting in 2010. Our work focused on equality of educational and training opportunities and outcomes for young disabled people in European countries, and on evidence of progress towards inclusion.

Education and training is a very broad area, which can include: school education, further and higher education, vocational skills training, and lifelong learning opportunities. Our main focus was on inclusion within the school system and transitions for young disabled people to next level education and training.

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