“University: the engine of change for inclusion”
“University: the engine of change for inclusion”
November 15 and 16, 2018
Centro Deportivo y Cultural de la ONCE (Sports and Cultural Centre of the ONCE Organization)
Over the last decade and after the approval of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), as well as the adoption of the new national legislation on Universities, much progress has been made regarding inclusive education and the right of persons with disabilities to access higher education. However, according to the recent data, they are still a sub-represented community group at Universities, having still a lot of obstacles on their way to reach higher education.
For that reason, among other strategies for better access, promotion and employability of young persons with disabilities, the ONCE Foundation organizes a biannual International Congress of University and Disability the main goal of which is to enhance scientific and academic discussion and debates regarding disability and inclusive education.
It is organized in collaboration with the most relevant Spanish institutions in this field: the Spanish Ministry of Education and Innovation, the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare on behalf of the Royal Board on Disability, the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE), the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI), as well as Universia Foundation and Vodafone Foundation.
Furthermore, in this edition, thanks to the support of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, an accessible guided tour of the Spanish National Archaeological Museum has been arranged for all the attendees in the evening of the first day of Congress. The guided tour will take place on Thursday November 15th, at 20:30.
The principal highlight of the 4th International Congress of University and Disability which is organized under the slogan “University: the engine of change for inclusion” is to get to know and discuss the ultimate theories and models of educational innovations, as well as discuss inclusion experiences and good practices of universities worldwide. Moreover, it is an opportunity to get to know the most recent and relevant works and research projects on University and disability, which involve the progress in the improvement of the quality of life and education of persons with disabilities, in compliance with the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
A wide range of experts that formed the Scientific Committee participated in the elaboration of the Congress Program and paper selection. Various presential meetings were held at the ONCE Foundation, as well as continuous exchange of information and opinions between its members in order to follow up the entire process. Moreover, the Scientific Committee was formed of the representatives of the organizer institutions and experts from prestigious institutions belonging to the academic field (please see the complete list of members on the website of the Congress).
The aim of this 4th Congress is to carry the torch from previous editions and take the next steps regarding ideas, strategies and good practices that allow us to continue progressing towards models of inclusive universities, to be ready to confront the challenges of the 21st century.
The Congress Program was designed in line with proposals of the Scientific Committee in order to create a Congress oriented to active participation of Universities, researchers and representatives of the institutions related and interested in inclusive education. Moreover, the Program is very rich in content, with a half of Speakers coming from abroad.
The opening ceremony will be held by the representatives of the institutions that participated in the elaboration of the Congress. In that sense, the Institutional Commitment to create a full inclusive Universities counts with the participation of the representatives of the Spanish Secretariat for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation, CRUE, CERMI, OEI, as well as academic experts from numerous Universities from Spain, Europe and South America. Moreover, in the opening ceremony, Vodafone Foundation and Santander Universities, corporate sponsors of the Congress, will also participate.
Furthermore, a wide range of issues will be tackled on this occasion, from equal opportunities and rights of persons with disabilities and their access to higher education, to issues such as technology, accessibility, employment, quality, inclusive sport etc. In this edition, it will be introduced a roundtable whose participants will be representatives of the main international networks oriented to inclusive education from all over the world. Another news of this edition is the introduction of the matter of access and participation of persons with intellectual disabilities at Universities, an extensive space offered to exchange experiences and good practices related to University programs and courses designed for persons with intellectual disabilities.
In addition, the first intervention will be held by Dr. Gordon Porter, a key figure in the field of inclusive education on an international level, Director of the Canadian institution named as his expertise, Inclusive Education.
Other relevant figures and experts will honor us with their presence, such as Gerardo Echeíta or Frances Gentle (Australia), the President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), as well as Sara Minkara (U.S.A.), the founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), Sandra Lea Katz, representative of the Latin American and Caribbean Network on Disability and Human Rights, Ann Heelan, Executive Director of the Association of Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) and Cynthia Duk, Director of Development and Innovation Center in Inclusive Education (Chile), along with Chelo Velaz, General Director of Evaluation and Cooperation at the Spanish Ministry of Education, among others.
Moreover, among the Speakers stand out University leaders that will share their experiences such as scientists Enrique Pérez Montero and Sylvia Valdezate Ramos.
With regard to the papers, among 190 paper proposals that were received this year, 79 of them were selected to be presented in six working groups.
The selected papers reveal scientific excellence and were received from different Universities and educational institutions from 19 countries, such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, U.S.A., Venezuela and Spain, and they all tackle issues such as the importance of professional training for teaching staff, curricular adaptations and adjustments, technology and universal accessibility in education, experiences of inclusive Universities, etc.
The authors will present their papers in six working groups that were created in order to tackle the following issues: inclusive Universities, universal accessibility, inclusive sport, employment and entrepreneurship, regulatory frameworks, evaluation and University quality, scientific and technological advances for inclusion and University experiences related to persons with intellectual disabilities. The presentation of papers will take place the second day of the Congress, on Friday, November 16, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Beside the importance of professional training for teaching staff, universal accessibility and design for all in education, the works that will be presented are oriented also towards obstacles that encounter women with disabilities at Universities, philosophy on inclusion in higher education and use of ICT in University teaching, as well as other issues related to University, inclusion and human rights.
As in its previous edition, there will be a space titled “Poster Space” where authors will expose and present 36 posters that will reflect initiatives and research projects related to inclusive practices and conclusions of different reports elaborated at various Universities.
As last year, the Congress will be live streamed in two official languages, Spanish and English, in order to give the opportunity to everyone to follow it from all corners of the world. Every person that will properly register and follow the Congress in live stream will obtain his/her participation certificate.
According to the registration data, the Congress will be attended by more than 350 persons from 20 countries worldwide (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, U.S.A).
Among all the participants, a third is from abroad, and the number of Universities and institutions increased in this edition.
In total, there are 73 Universities, among which 30 of them are European and American, as well as 47 national and international institutions related to education, disability and technology.
- ANTONIO DE NEBRIJA UNIVERSITY. Spain
- AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF ASUNCION. Paraguay
- AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA. Spain
- AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF MADRID. Spain
- CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF CORDOBA. Spain
- CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF ECUADOR. Quito (Ecuador)
- CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF CHILE. Chile
- CHARLES UNIVERSITY. Czech Republic
- CHARLES III UNIVERSITY. Spain
- COMILLAS PONTIFICIAL UNIVERSITY. Spain
- COMPLUTENSE UNIVERSITY OF MADRID. Spain
- EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY OF MADRID. Spain
- FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE. Brazil
- FRANCISCO DE VITORIA UNIVERSITY. Spain
- INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LA RIOJA. Spain
- JAUME I UNIVERSITY. Spain
- KING JUAN CARLOS UNIVERSITY. Spain
- MIGUEL HERNÁNDEZ UNIVERSITY. Spain
- NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF MEXICO. Mexico
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA. Costa Rica
- OPEN UNIVERSITY OF BRAZIL. Brazil
- PABLO DE OLAVIDE UNIVERSITY. Spain
- PERUVIAN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES. Peru
- POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF CARTAGENA. Spain
- POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF CATALONIA. Spain
- POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF MADRID. Spain
- POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA. Spain
- PONTIFICIAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY MADRE Y MAESTRA. Dominican Republic
- PONTIFICIAL UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA. Spain
- RAMÓN LLULL UNIVERSITY. Spain
- ROVIRA Y VIRGILI UNIVERSITY. Spain
- STATE UNIVERSITY OF CAMPINAS. Brazil
- THE INSTITUTO SUP. SUCRE INDES. University of Colombia. Colombia
- THE UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA. Brazil
- UNED. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF ALCALÁ DE HENARES. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF ALMERIA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF AVEIRO. Portugal
- UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF BURGOS. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF CASTILLA LA MANCHA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF CORDOBA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA. San José (Costa Rica)
- UNIVERSITY OF GENOA. Italy
- UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF GUADALAJARA. Mexico
- UNIVERSITY OF HUELVA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF IBAGUÉ. Colombia
- UNIVERSITY OF JAÉN. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF KIEL. Germany
- UNIVERSITY OF LA CORUÑA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF LA LAGUNA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF LA PLATA. Argentina
- UNIVERSITY OF LAS PALMAS. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF LEÓN. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF LLEIDA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF MALAGA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF OVIEDO. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF PANAMA. Panama
- UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO. Puerto Rico
- UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF SAN BUENAVENTURA (CALI). Colombia
- UNIVERSITY OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLE. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF VALLADOLID. Spain
- UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA. Spain
- AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CORPORATION (Colombia)
- ANECA. National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain
- APROMPSI. Provincial Association for Mentally Handicapped People of Jaén.
- ASOCIACIÓN NACIONAL SALUD SEXUAL Y DISCAPACIDAD (national association for sexual health and disability)
- ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES VERDIBLANCA
- ASPANSOR ZARAGOZA. Association of Parents of Deaf children of Zaragoza.
- BUSINESS GROUP SAN ROQUE. Special Employment Centre of Granada
- CERMI. Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities.
- CNLSE. Centre for Linguistic Normalization of Spanish Sign Language
- CNSE. State confederation of deaf
- CRUE. Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities.
- CSIC. Spanish National Research Council.
- DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DE INNOVACIÓN Y EQUIDAD EDUCATIVA (directorate-general for innovation and education for all)
- DOMINICAN FOUNDATION OF BLIND PEOPLE
- ENEHRI. Normal School of Specialization Humberto Ramos Lozano
- ESCUELA SUPERIOR DE ESPECIALIDADES DE JALISCO (advanced specialty school of jalisco)
- ESIC BUSINESS AND MARKETING SCHOOL
- ESN. Erasmus Student Network
- ETI- EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INTEGRATION
- EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM
- EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
- FEGRADI COCEMFE GRANADA. Granada Federation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities
- FOAL. ONCE Foundation for Latin America
- FSIE MADRID. Sindicato Independiente de Enseñanza de Madrid (Independent Education Union of Madrid)
- ICEVI. International Council for Education of Persons with Visual Impairment.
- INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
- INSTITUT FUR INKLUSIVE BILDUNG. Institute for Inclusive Education. Germany
- JUAN XXIII RONCALLI FOUNDATION
- MINISTRY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
- MIOTI. Madrid Internet of Things Institute
- MSC EUROPEAN AL LSE. Austria
- OEI. Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture.
- PLENA INCLUSIÓN. Spain
- PRODIS FOUNDATION
- ROYAL BOARD ON DISABILITY
- SANITAS foundation-CEDI
- SENA. NATIONAL TRAINING SERVICE. Bogotá (Colombia)
- SEPIE. Spanish Service for Internationalization of Education.
- SPANISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
- SPANISH SENATE
- SPECIALTY SCHOOL JOSÉ ÁLVARES DE AZEVEDO
- SPORT’S CLUB “LIBRETIEMPO”
- STUNIN. First University course of the Complutense University of Madrid for young persons with intellectual disabilities.
- THE FRANCINA FOUNDATION
- UNIVERSIA FOUNDATION
- VODAFONE FOUNDATION
Bigger expectations and increasing participation of institutions from all over the world marked the fourth edition of the Congress as a global reference for issues such as inclusive education, University and disability. Indeed, it is the event with the highest participation among all of its kind in the field of University and disability, as well as the one that counts with the participation of the most relevant institutions within this area.
All presented papers and projects will be published thereafter in the Congress Minutes that serve as reference for researchers and experts in inclusive education.
The Congress will be live streamed from its website https://ciud.fundaciononce.es/en, where all the information and Congress materials will be permanently available and widely disseminated by mass media.