Developing a common curriculum of post-secondary education of persons with intellectual disabilities oriented to their labour inclusion.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes in its article 27 the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others, and encourages State Parties, among others: to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability with regard to all matters concerning all forms of employment, to promote employment opportunities and career advancement for persons with disabilities, and to enable persons with disabilities to have effective access to general technical and vocational guidance programmes and training.
Many countries of the European Union, as well as the EU as a whole, have adopted strategies and action plans for the implementation of the Convention, and their laws have established various affirmative action measures to promote the employment of persons with intellectual disabilities.
However, these efforts have proved to be insufficient, as persons with intellectual disabilities have an employment rate which remains far below that of persons without disabilities.
It is necessary to make it easier for companies to hire people with intellectual disabilities through programmes aimed at increasing their employability. The Universities involved in U4INCLUSION project share an experience in the development of such programmes and together they would like to build a common educational path for persons with intellectual disabilities that will promote their integration in the labour market, that can be delivered in Universities and earn the recognition of the European Union. Open access educational materials for the implementation of the curriculum will also be provided.
The final aim is to increase employment rates of students with intellectual disabilities to ensure thus their full social inclusion.
DATES: September of 2019 – May of 2022
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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work.
All European countries undertake actions that help persons with intellectual disabilities to find a job. But these actions are not enough, because persons with intellectual disabilities have more difficulties to find a job than any other persons.
Therefore, it is necessary to provide training to persons with intellectual disabilities, so that companies can hire them.
In U4INCLUSION Universities of different European countries will work together to design a training program for persons with intellectual disabilities that can be implemented in all Universities.