Fundación ONCE closes the V International Congress on University and Disability this Friday with the presentation of the communications, among which the project ‘ UniverUSAL: The inclusive University ‘ stands out, presented by the University of Salamanca within the working group dedicated to the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in the university environment .
It is a project promoted by Ana Belén Sánchez, José Ángel Gallego, José Lorenzo García, Rocío Galache and Víctor Tejedor presented by the University of Salamanca and promoted by the City Council through the Board of Health Promotion in Intellectual Disability and Health Mental.
It is a scientific, cultural and social development program to include people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental health problems or other disabilities in the university, as a formula aimed at personal growth in line with the idea of learning for all.
The training is given by university professors and experts from different branches . It offers a varied set of humanistic, scientific, historical and artistic themes always from a vital and current health promotion perspective.
The program, which is now entering its fourth edition, has 30 students and consists of two academic courses with compulsory core subjects and monthly seminars and practical workshops, along with other activities that are open to the entire university community.
Its objective is to facilitate the approach of people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems to culture and science as a vehicle for the expression of experiences and knowledge and to promote their full participation in the Higher Education Space offered by the University.
The awards ceremony will take place at 5.30 p.m. and then the end will be put to this meeting that has put on the table the need to go further in the incorporation of people with disabilities into the university and to now focus the objective on advance in improving employability, access to teaching and research careers and digital accessibility.
The Best Communication is chosen from a total of 65 selected . Specifically, proposals have been received from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama and Ireland, which address very diverse topics grouped into six blocks that deal with: good practices of inclusive university policies, regulations and public policies , employment and entrepreneurship, technology and accessibility and intellectual disability in the university environment.
The fifth edition of this International Congress on University and Disability has brought together a total of 88 speakers for three days in 19 round tables and has had the presence of a thousand people from 23 countries.
The ONCE Foundation and the University of Salamanca have been in charge of organizing this meeting with the collaboration of the Ministry of Universities, the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, the Royal Board on Disability, the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), CRUE and CERMI and the support of institutions such as Fundación Universia.