The World Health Organisation estimates that over 1 billion people live with disabilities around the world. At Radboud University approximately 13% of our students have a disability. The University thus aims to be an educational institution that is properly equipped for disabled students and staff.
Supporting Disability Inclusion
The United Nations has chosen 3 December as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day stands for raising awareness about issues concerning disabilities and encouraging individuals to support inclusivity in their communities.
People with disabilities face issues concerning employment, social participation, transportation, and healthcare among others. The WHO lists concerns that connect to attitudes, physical barriers, communication, and finance. To make societies more disability inclusive, the WHO suggests to increase awareness, promote inclusion, and create tools as well as guidelines for better processes.
Navigating Working and/or Studying with [dis]Abilities at Radboud University: Let’s Explore the Challenges and Solutions Together
Studying and working can be quite challenging for people with disabilities. Things that most of us take for granted can be insurmountable obstacles when you are disabled. On Tuesday 12 April, Radboud University’s DEI Office organised an afternoon event revolving around diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.
What are some of the things that stand in the way of truly becoming an inclusive and accessible academic community and how can we remedy them? During the afternoon, we explored these further during a panel discussion, several lectures and an interactive speed dating session, where you could ask different speakers all your questions on ableism, facilitating students and employees with disabilities, labour participation of people with disabilities and several more.
It is very important to realise that even though individuals with disabilities are often grouped together, the group is not homogenous. Disabilities touch different ages, socioeconomic circumstances, genders, social surroundings, personal beliefs, ethnicities etc. Disability as a term concerns the interaction between individuals with a health condition and environmental factors, which are often limiting. Disability is an umbrella term for:
- Sensory disabilities
- Physical disabilities affecting movement
- Mental health difficulties
- Learning difficulties
- Social difficulties
- Ongoing significant illnesses
- UN | International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- World Health Organisation | Disability and Health
- Awareness Days | International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- Accessible Academia