ECIO launches online community for students with special needs

A platform for students with a disability or support question in higher education

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10 May 2021

Today, ECIO launches an online community for students with a disability or support question. With the slogan ‘you are not alone’, ECIO wants to offer a platform for students to share tips, experiences and activities with each other. The private LinkedIn group is not only intended for students with special needs, it also forms a community for student platforms, for and by students with special needs within the university or college. ECIO also wants to involve more experience-based expertise in its activities for educational professionals. Please help as a university of applied sciences or university and draw your students’ attention to this community!

‘You are not alone’

Students with special needs may encounter problems during their studies. For example, if they experience difficulties applying for an internship or applying for facilities for a exam or other assignment. Through the LinkedIn group, they can discuss these obstacles and benefit from each other’s experiences.

National platform for local student platforms for and by students with special needs

The community is also intended for student platforms for and by students with special needs or enthusiastic students who want to start such a platform.They can exchange their questions and experiences so that they can continue to build on existing ideas. They can help each other with questions such as: How do I start a platform? What activities can help other students with special needs? In the online community, knowledge can be shared between the student platforms so that they can help each other strengthen their position for students with special needs. Are you curious about which student platforms are currently active within the various universities of applied sciences and universities? Take a look at the overview here.

Using the expertise of students with special needs for more inclusive education

During meetings and study sessions, ECIO shares not only knowledge but also students’ own experiences on how to make education more inclusive. Their expertise will also be used to produce specific guidelines for studying with special needs. Therefore ECIO will publish calls in the community for students to join when they want to have their say or share their expertise. This will give more students the opportunity to give their feedback and opinions. In all activities, ECIO takes experience-based expertise as a starting point. ECIO can also bring other educational institutions in contact with these students.

Spread the word!

Will you, as a university of applied sciences or university, help draw your students’ attention to this online community?