19 November 2018

Conference Handicap + studie

Utrecht University to sign intention declaration for accessibility of higher education

Utrecht University encourages diversity and inclusion within education, research and the organisation. Accessibility to students, employees and visitors with disabilities is among the highest priorities on the agenda. That is why Annetje Ottow, a member of the Executive Board of Utrecht University, will sign the intention declaration of the UN treaty on accessibility on Monday 19 November, along with the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and other higher-education institutions. This will take place at an international conference of Expertise centre Handicap + studie that will be opened on Monday morning by Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Annetje Ottow (UU),Geert ten Dam (UvA), Paul van der Wijk (Hanzehogeschool) en Jan Bogerd (HU) tonen hun ondertekende VN-verdragen Toegankelijkheid Hoger Onderwijs
Annetje Ottow (UU),Geert ten Dam (UvA), Paul van der Wijk (Hanzehogeschool) and Jan Bogerd (HU) show their signed intention declaration of the UN treaty on accessibility
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In the intention declaration, the institutions express their mutual ambition for the implementation of the UN treaty in higher education. The three most important principles of the UN treaty are: inclusion, full participation and autonomy. Signing the intention declaration is in line with the policy of the university to strengthen and improve disabled people's positions. More information on studying with a disability at Utrecht University can be found here.

Conference opened by her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien

The signing of the declaration will take place during a two-day international conference in Utrecht that is organised by the Expertise Centre Handicap + studie, together with Utrecht University and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will open the conference on Monday morning with a speech on the international conference on higher education for students with disabilities: 'Higher education for students with disabilities: ensuring compliance with the UN Convention'.

Student well-being

During the conference, domestic and foreign education professionals will speak about accessible and inclusive higher education. Under the denominator of student well-being, there will also be attention for the problems caused by pressure to achieve, burnouts and psychological complaints among students within universities of applied sciences and universities.

Conference Handicap + studie

The conference will take place on 19 and 20 November 2018 in Course and conference center Domstad, Koningsbergerstraat 9, Utrecht. For more information on the keynotes and sharing sessions, please visit the conference website.