Llamada a la participación

In the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the general objective of the Fourth International Congress of University and Disability is to establish that the higher education and the University studies are drivers of change for inclusion, the statement that complies with Article 26 of the aforementioned Declaration, as well as Article 24 of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In that sense, it is considered necessary to keep in mind the right of every person to education, and the need to guarantee the access to these right and opportunity to exercise them to the persons with disabilities, ensuring an inclusive education system at all levels.

The aim is to share experiences, best practices and the most relevant research on inclusive education, disability support services, managing inclusion, improvement of employability, universal accessibility and all initiatives and projects related to University and Disability.

In conclusion, the aim is to highlight the works that represent progress in educational innovation, public administration, universal accessibility and design for all, the guarantee of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and the improvement of their quality of life, in order to continue advancing towards inclusive universities and inclusive society.

A forum is provided for the exhibition of works on this subject which are being carried out at national and international level.


An abstract of a paper 300 words or project of research) can be sent until July 8th, 2018 (included).

Once all proposals are received, the Scientific Committee will evaluate them, making the resolution public on July 25th, 2018.

All authors whose proposals have been accepted will receive an explanatory document with information on the format and extent of the papers. The documents may be submitted to the technical secretariat of the congress until October 5th, 2018.

Best practices, innovative models and experiences and research of interest at national and international level will be positively considered.

The selected papers will be presented at the 4th Congress of University and Disability according to the organization schedule as published in the program.

The selected papers read at the Congress will be published in the Minutes of the Session of the 4th Congress of University and Disability and will be widely disseminated.

Working Group 1
Inclusive University

Reflections and proposals on inclusive university. Best inclusion practices for students with disabilities in higher education. Resources and inclusive activities


Universities must perform the social role with which they are entrusted, adapting to new realities and social needs. In this sense, they must respond to the new demands of society, including ensuring access, admission, continuity and exercise of rights of all persons on an equal basis. In the fulfilment of this Convention mandate, considerable progress has been made in terms of resources and policies to enforce the rights of students with disabilities. Both Spain and other countries in Europe and the World have sponsored programs and specific actions aimed at students with disabilities, including specific disability support services and professionals working in universities who provide advice and support. However, inclusive universities represent a constant challenge and require an ongoing process of change and adaptation. It is therefore important to have this knowledge and put forward ideas, strategies and best practices.

At the same time, universities are promoting works and research projects to advance proposals and strategies to improve accessibility and the lives of persons with disabilities, which are worth knowing and disseminating.


  • Understand and disseminate positive experiences of Universities that promote the inclusion of students with disabilities.
  • Promote the quality improvement of disability support services in Universities through the knowledge of new strategies and tools, facilitating the exchange of ideas and participation of the people involved.
  • Exchange models and best practices on different programs and actions that have an impact on the support of university students with disabilities.
  • Understand and disseminate research that promote knowledge and improve the lives of persons with disabilities.
Working Group 2
Curricular Accessibility and Inclusive Sport

Policies, measures and strategies to facilitate accessibility in all areas of university life.

Universal Accessibility and Design for All is a legally binding principle accepted by all countries to ensure, among other things, the participation of all persons in the education system and the learning systems. Promote the design, development, production and distribution of information systems and technologies and accessible communications to make these systems and technologies accessible at the lowest cost; it is therefore a new pedagogical approach and a challenge for all institutions, also for Universities. At university level, curricula should also include, where appropriate, teachings related to Human Rights and principles of Universal Accessibility and Design for All.

At the same time, and in compliance with the Convention, it is necessary to make reasonable adjustments in tests and processes and ensure the accessibility of all students to all activities developed at university level, including adapted sports and cultural and leisure activities. However, we often encounter obstacles and barriers that prevent full participation, hence the importance of having positive experiences and proposals for change and improvement.


  • Understand and disseminate best practices of curricular accessibility.
  • Advance in the inclusion and dissemination of the Design for All criteria in Graduate and Postgraduate Studies and their impact on society.
  • Promote that curricula designed by Universities take account that training for any professional activity must be done from the respect and promotion of Human Rights and equal opportunities for all people.
  • Know best practices and successful experiences regarding the inclusion of Universal Accessibility and Design for All in training curricula of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies.
  • Understand and disseminate studies and academic research on Universal Accessibility and Design for All.
  • Learn practices and experiences regarding the promotion of inclusive sport at university level.
  Working Group 3
Competencies, Employability, Employment and Inclusion Support Programs

Experiences and programs to improve employability and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in skilled jobs and managerial positions.


Labour integration is the last step in the university system to promote personal and professional development of young university students. This has been understood by Universities, which provide students with counselling and employment promotion services to support the start of a new stage in their lives.

In the case of persons with disabilities, recent reports show that they have less access to external academic practice, mobility programs and other initiatives that improve their employability. It is therefore important to know and implement specific measures to increase labour inclusion and improve the ability to find technical and highly skilled jobs. At the same time, there is an increasing number of socially responsible companies committed to disability and to the recruitment of persons with disabilities as part of their human resources policies to promote diversity. It is therefore important to know and design strategies and initiatives to improve employability as well as their training and learning needs that ultimately result in a greater labour inclusion of this group.


  • Disseminate studies and research that allow us to better understand the social and labour reality of university students with disabilities.
  • Present examples of best practices in coordinating the various services involved in the transition process from University to Employment, job orientation services, disability support services, etc.
  • Promote and disseminate programs and actions to improve the employability of university students and alumni with disabilities through the provision of advice and support to develop their professional skills.
  • Identify best practices of labour inclusion for students with disabilities by companies and institutions globally.
  • Make coaching proposals and other orientation strategies to improve the skills and abilities of university students to find opportunities in new employments.
Working Group 4
Regulatory Framework and Legislative Demands

Analysis and legislative proposals to improve the guarantee of access rights and promotion of persons with disabilities in the university and the knowledge society



The implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has required regulatory changes in all countries that, as Spain, have ratified it. Education has been guaranteed through relevant laws and an inclusive education system that focuses on the diversity of educational needs of students with disabilities by regulating support and making the necessary adjustments. New regulatory frameworks are being applied to University and the right of access to higher education, although there are still challenges and needs remains for regulatory adjustments to ensure full enjoyment of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, both regarding access to education and promotion and the academic and research career of persons with disabilities. The aim is to have new regulatory frameworks that enable progress towards an inclusive education and society with new proposals to further advance in the implementation of guarantees and effective policies.


  • Understand and disseminate innovative legislative proposals in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Analyse the impact of the Convention in the field of education.
  • Make proposals to improve the actual and effective enforcement of current regulations.
  • Analyse and propose measures to ensure and promote the right of university students to academic and research careers.
Working Group 5
Technological Innovations for Education and Learning

Relevance of ICTs to improve teaching and learning processes and their accessibility.


According to the World Health Organization, the education systems need to adopt more student-focused approaches, with changes to the curriculum, methods and teaching materials to create inclusive learning environments. In this sense, there is increasing evidence that pedagogical approaches to address the learning needs of each student in a more personalised way are an effective tool to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in education. Universal Learning Design is one such approach that helps to keep up the challenge of diversity suggesting flexible instructional materials, techniques and strategies where ICTs undoubtedly have gained prominence. At university level, the incorporation of technologies has been remarkable in the recent years and it is essential that their design follows the criteria of Universal Accessibility and Design for All in order to avoid the exclusion of persons with disabilities which would create a new technological gap.

In this regard, Universities must ensure, in addition to the physical accessibility of buildings and facilities, the accessibility of virtual spaces including websites, applications, tools and teaching formats so that students with disabilities have the same conditions and opportunities in terms of training and information access.


  • Know the impact of ICTs on university students with disabilities, contributing to improve their quality of life.
  • Identify best practices in the design and use of ICTs to improve the academic performance of students with disabilities and their assessment.
  • Assess the importance of accessibility to information on teaching and learning processes.
  • Introduce tools, applications and programs that facilitate access to information and communication.

In order to make the participation more desirable during the Congress, as well as to provide more opportunities for every person who wishes to present his/her experiences and / or reflections on the generic theme "Disability and University" the Congress offers a space for POSTERS, in which in an orderly manner during 5 minutes of exposure and 5 minutes of questions, participants can present their presentations.

The space is open to every person attending the 4th Congress.

If you are interested in participating, we kindly ask you to inform us about it at the following email address: ciud@fundaciononce.es, respecting the deadline from September 1st to October 12th, 2018, and specifying if you need any kind of technical assistance for your presentation.

  •     Posters dimension should not exceed 124 cm wide x 108 cm long, and should have a font size that is easy to read from a distance of 1.5 meters.
  •     Posters should be sent to the organizer no later than October 12th, 2018, in order to be mounted in the corresponding area. Authors are responsible for printing their posters.
  •     Posters will be exposed in the exhibition hall called “POSTER SPACE”, where can be found poster panels and audio-visual equipment.
  •     Posters should be on display for the duration of the whole congress except for good cause shown, in order to give the attendees enough time to read them. Posters must be removed at the end of the Congress. The organizer will not take any responsibility for posters or other material left in the poster area.


Intervention Order Presenters Posters: Intervention order

In order to achieve our objective of uniform formats, we recommend you to visit the following website with templates that you can use to create your posters: https://www.craftofscientificposters.com/templates.html

Information about title and order of presentation will be previously published on the website. In addition, the presentation will be held in the language of the presenter.

You can submit your posters at the following E-mail address: ciud@fundaciononce.es