16 higher education institutions have already signed up to the UN Convention on Disability

09 June 2021

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect in the Netherlands on July 14, 2016. The purpose of the convention is to improve the position of people with disabilities. The treaty requires that people with disabilities be given equal rights in housing, education, transportation, work and a number of other areas and is based on inclusion, personal autonomy and full participation.

ECIO (CINOP’s expert centre on inclusive education) supports higher education institutions in the implementation of the UN Convention in which learning without obstacles is central. In 2017, the first step was taken with a declaration of intent for higher education. In 2017, ECIO, in collaboration with Leiden University, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, the Free University of Amsterdam and the National Programme Office for the UN Convention, drew up this declaration of intent that included a joint ambition, process agreements and objectives for the implementation of the UN Convention.

16 institutions have signed this declaration, while discussions with other institutions are also ongoing. Within the UN Convention working group, ECIO facilitates and supports these institutions in shaping information provision, transition to internship/work, digital and physical accessibility, student participation, accessible testing and examination, policy and ownership. By learning together, exchanging knowledge and good examples, they have put inclusive education high on the agenda within the institution.

16 logos of higher education institutions that have signed UN treaty letter of intent
16 logos of higher education institutions that have signed UN treaty letter of intent


In collaboration with stakeholders, regional partners and companies, Expert centre on inclusive education, ECIO, develops innovative, practical solutions for more inclusive education – education that is open to as many different students as possible and reduces the need for specific adjustments. The ultimate aim is to enable young people with disabilities and special needs to study successfully on a course of their choice and move on to a job that suits them. Education for everyone. Without limits.

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