Towards working life

This seminar is the fourth in the program, with a pink color code. It contains five presentations, and a short coffee break at 10.15.

Towards working life - pink colour session

Session 1, 0900 - 10.15


A: "Students with disabilities in higher education" - coming study

Eli Langørgen, Sør-Trøndelag University College, Norway

Synopsis: This is an exploratory triangulating study to elicit understanding of how students with disabilities experience their participation in vocational education programs within health care, social work and teaching, and the perspectives from staff and practicum mentors on supporting them in transition to and through professional field work.


B: Students Needs in a Comparative Perspective – Students with disability perceptions of how their needs are met in Higher Education

Rachel Hadodo, Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Synopsis: The paper presents findings from a survey of students with disabbility (SWD) in six European universities. The aim was to discover which needs required fulfillment for (SWD) to participate fully in higher education. Results show students identify needs in the areas of information, pedagogy, physical environment, and attitudes about disability.

Session 2, 10.30 - 12.00


C: Reasonable accommodations and human rights in the educational system in Japan: cases from the DO-IT Japan program and higher educational practices

Associate professor Takeo Kondo, University of Tokyo, Japan
Professor Kenryu Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan
Associate professor Mamoru Iwabuchi, University of Toyko, Japan

Synopsis: Japan has enacted the anti-discrimination law and ratified the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities. We illustrate the changing situation and expectations for the future of education for people with disabilities in Japan through our DO-IT Japan activities and postsecondary practices among Japanese higher educational institutions.


D: From education to work - disability policy and practical good examples from the Nordic countries

Maarit Aalto, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues

Synopsis: This presentation is based on two development projects, operated by Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social issues (NVC), concerning first of all disability policy in the Nordic countries (focus on education) and an overview of proceedings in the policies. And second (UA-project) – Nordic good examples of transition from higher education to work for persons with disability. UA-project includes also the Nordic recommendations to Universities. The last part will refer to interviews with employers in the public and prvate sector. 

Link to the publication (in Swedish) "Dags for studier - Universitet och högskolar i centrum".

Link to the publication (in Swedish) "Dags for jobb - Arbetsgivare i centrum".

E: Barriers to inclusive mobility

Viktor Piorecký, Masaryk University

Synopsis: In this presentation we would like to discuss typical barriers in mobility for university students with special needs with emphasis on the importance of communication and partnership among mobility and disability (or accessibility) officers.