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Call for papers

Call for papers

The fifth edition of the International Congress on University and Disability offers a space of sharing experiences on higher education and innovation in the field of social inclusion of persons with disabilities. The new edition of the Congress will be celebrated under the slogan “Challenges of the SDGs for inclusive universities”, with the overall objective of open a debate of proposals and ideas on the best paths for an inclusive education on university within the framework of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda. Especially considering targets 4.3 and 4.5, regarding to equal access and elimination of disparities and, the target 4.a, building and adapting accessible, diverse and inclusive environments.

In harmony with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda and, considering the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this Conference pretends to discuss the latest educational innovations at the university, discussing international experiences and good practices in the field. At the same time, the most recent and relevant studies and research on the right and access to inclusive education will be presented.

In particular, this Congress seek to:

  • Highlight and promote international programs, strategies and progress that are being made in relation to inclusive education at the higher level
  • Create and reinforce networks between researchers and stakeholders in the area of ​​disability, education, communication and information technologies
  • Promote a direct contact of different actors and policy makers targeted to persons with disabilities in the University, in order to combine strategies and establish agreements
  • Advance in the inclusion and dissemination on training curricula on universal design, in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees and its impact on society
  • To advance in the knowledge of universal accessibility and the new instruments and platforms of digital learning, making known the latest research and experiences
  • Know and discuss good practices in orientation programs for the transition from secondary education to higher education
  • Advance proposals to improve entrepreneurship and employability of people with disabilities
  • Analyze and propose new inclusion programs for groups with special difficulties of inclusion in the university environment such as young people with intellectual disabilities

Abstract submission and Deadlines

Please follow the abstract guidelines (see below) and send the abstract to ciud@fundaciononce.es before 26th June 2020 with the email subject “Abstract CIUD2020”.

Once all the abstract proposals have been received, the Scientific Committee will proceed to its evaluation, making the resolution public on 31st July 2020.

Authors whose proposals have been accepted will receive an explanatory email with the full paper guidelines. If your abstract is accepted, you are encouraged to submit your full papers before 9th October 2020.

Innovation, good practices, models, innovative research and good practices of national and international scope will be valued.

Selected papers must be presented in person through the Working Groups at the 5th International Congress University and Disability “Challenges of the SDGs for inclusive universities”, at the time designated by the organization and which appears in the program.

All selected papers will be published in the memoir of the 5th International Congress University and Disability “Challenges of the SDGs for inclusive universities” that will be published with ISBN and will be available in the virtual library of Once Foundation.

Presenting author’s name and surname

Title of paper:
Email address:

The papers could be related to one of the following topics of the Working Groups:

Working Group Selection
WG 1. Good practices of inclusive universities  
WG 2. Accessibility and universal design for learning  
WG 3. Legislation and research on the rights of persons with disabilities  
WG 4. Employability improvement programs for university students with disabilities  
WG 5. Applied technologies to inclusive education: instruments, projects and experiences  
WG 6. University programs for the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities  
WG 7. Gender diversity in inclusive education and intersectional discrimination  

Abstract, up to 300 words. Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12:









Working Group 1 Good practices of inclusive universities 

This WG pretends to share good practices in a national and international scope, developed to make the university an inclusive space where students with disabilities have the same opportunities as the rest of the students. Papers from a research perspective, teaching experiences, experiences from students with disabilities are welcome. We encourage, as well, submitting papers structured from an institutional perspective, sharing experiences on the access to university and throughout the process of educational transit between secondary school (high schools) and university. Papers related to education policies, support, promotion and a guarantee of equity and, papers that raise experiences of teacher innovation and teacher training related to inclusion are also welcome.

Working Group 2 Accessibility and universal design for learning

Without access to the physical environment, information, communications and other services of the university, students with disabilities would not have the opportunity to exercise their right to education. Inaccessible spaces, environments, services and teaching methodologies, remains a problem in many occasions for students with disabilities. In this regard, this WG opens a space for debate on access and freedom of movement throughout the university and dependent facilities, as well as technological and digital accessibility, accessibility in curricular content and in everything that has to do with the full participation of students in the activities and services that the university has to offer.

Working Group 3 Legislation and research on the rights of persons with disabilities

This WG receives papers about legislative frameworks, laws, and public policies that guarantee full compliance with the rights recognized at the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This work group opens a space to analyze and reflect, from a human rights perspective, the situation of inclusive education at the university stage. The starting point may be the legal barriers and deficits of the still existing public policies. This WG expect papers with a proactive and pragmatic approach that, from a comparative law, allow progress towards inclusive universities. Papers must have language according to the social model of disability and with a clear human rights perspective. This WG will also admit papers on diverse research’s topics, which address the rights of persons with disability their improvement of the quality of life.

Working Group 4 Employability improvement programs for university students with disabilities

All persons with disabilities have the right to work, on an equal basis with others, which implies, according to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the right to the opportunity to gain a living by work freely chosen and to have an inclusive and accessible work environment.

In this working group, papers will be framed in Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in Article 24 (education), taking into account the right of all persons with disabilities to develop their full potential. In this regard, this WG will receive papers related on programs and actions to reinforce the basic competencies and necessary values ​​that university’ students with disabilities receives or should receive to improve their employability on an equal basis.

In this WG we also expect to receive papers about initiatives and innovations of inclusive employment, which may include good practices in promoting the employment of people with disabilities in both, public and private sectors.

Working Group 5 Applied technologies to inclusive education: instruments, projects and experiences

This working group opens a space to discuss the problem of accessibility on technologies and digital transformation and about the opportunities that technologies offer to facilitate inclusion in the university. Technology on an educational space, as the university, has a huge impact on learning improvement, including all about new and innovative technologies. Researches, as well as innovative elements that lecturers have incorporated are accepted. Also, student with disability are encourage to present elements that they use in their daily lives as an alternative to direct participation and interaction with teaching staff and administrative services.

Working Group 6 University programs for the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities

There is sufficient evidence showing that the training in general professional skills of people with intellectual disabilities in a university environment, with a degree delivered by a University, affects positively their employment, in addition its improve their autonomy and academic training. The papers received in this WG must address proposals, research and good practices of education targeted to young people with intellectual disabilities, which facilitate a comprehensive and personalized training so that they can participate in the community on equal terms as others. The goal of this debate is to advance in the knowledge of research projects, experiences and ideas around the world that guarantee the right of persons with intellectual disabilities to a higher education.

Working Group 7 Gender diversity in inclusive education and intersectional discrimination

Our society keep reinforcing stereotypes and social roles that contribute to perpetuate barriers that obstruct and violate fundamental rights and freedoms, even in the university as a higher education educational space. In this sense, this WG aims to offer a space to share the main experiences and knowledge inclusive university, as a political and human development tool, signifying equality and social justice for all persons with disabilities, including women with disabilities.

Papers must target diversity as part of human coexistence and the need to make visible the situations of women with disabilities and their social reality both, in the academic field and in other areas of life.