According to the OECD, one fifth of students may develop a special educational need during their schooling years. The need for inclusive education, which is also described in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a fundamental right, is therefore indisputable.

Numerous pieces of legislation, such as Articles 4 and 24 on Education and Universal Design of the abovementioned UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Salamanca Statement on Special Education (1994) were agreed on to ensure high-quality education to persons with disabilities throughout their entire lives.

Nevertheless, in many European countries learners with disabilities still cannot attend mainstream schools with their peers; this is either due to a lack of staff training and knowledge, a shortage of adequate equipment to attend to students with disabilities’ special needs, or negative prejudices towards the skills of such learners. EASPD is convinced that fully inclusive education can be achieved through strong leadership at national and EU level and a shift of attitude of local education systems.


What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Collaborate with networks of other vulnerable groups to present a stronger common position
  • Contribute to a European policy position on inclusive learning, consistent with the obligations of the UNCRPD
  • Provide information, models of good practices and support to member organisations.
  • Promote positive attitudes towards inclusion, diversity, partnership and network opportunities
  • Organise and promote training for teachers, educators and other training professionals on inclusive education


The training focuses on equipping professionals who work with adults with disabilities with the knowledge to implement green practices.

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From co-design to web development, this webinar touched all bases regarding online platforms for people with intellectual disabilities.

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