ExchangeAbility is a project of ESN International which was born in 2009/2010 and its main objective is to make ESN a more accessible organization, involving students with handicaps in the activities promoted from the Network’s local sections and giving them the condition and opportunities needed through the help and support of the EDF (European Disability Forum), Youth Agora and UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe).
The main focus of the project is to increase the attendance of disabled students in the student mobility programmes.
The new Erasmus+ programme also offers handicap students the opportunity to take part and experience all the European mobility programmes and respect to the former programme, Erasmus+ also offers additional safeties to volunteers and students with handicaps.
According to statistics, during the academic year 2011/12 the number of disabled students, who took part in the Erasmus project, is only 0.14% of the total number and even though we see an increase respect to the previous year, this number still remains low.

Project objectives

The two main objectives of the ExchangeAbility programme are:

  • Increasing the number of handicapped students in the mobility programs. The long term objective of this project is to promote better opportunities and more help to enable these students to fully enjoy an experience abroad, working with local ESN sections, the universities and other experts in the fields of handicaps and inclusion. ExchangeAbility has its purpose in creating and offering to disabled students the best conditions possible during their stay abroad.
  • Making ESN a more accessible association to all the network levels and for each promoted activity. The wish of ESN is to enable students with disabilities to be involved as volunteers, helping other guest students in their cities in order to benefit from the idea of “Internationalisation at home”. Another important goal is to increase the awareness regarding the themes of mobility, instruction and inclusion of disabled students.

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