International conference higher education
for students with disabilities

Handicap + studie, the Dutch expert centre for studying with disabilities, organises an international conference in cooperation with Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences and the LINK network on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November 2018. The title of the conference is ‘Higher education for students with disabilities: ensuring compliance with the UN Convention’.

Higher education for students with disabilities: ensuring compliance with the UN Convention

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in the Netherlands on 14 July 2016. Institutions in higher education are working on the implementation of this treaty. Held in the beautiful historical city of Utrecht, the conference explores possibilities to make education more inclusive, featuring a programme full of inspiring speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

Handicap + studie, the Dutch expert centre for studying with disabilities, supports educational institutions in making their education more inclusive for students with a disability. LINK is a network of organisations, educational institutions, disability professionals, academics, students and interested individuals from all over Europe who share the same ultimate goal: the full inclusion of students with a disability in higher education.  


Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November 2018. The conference starts at 10.00 on 19 November and ends at 13.00 on 20 November.


Conference Centre Domstad, Koningsbergerstraat 9, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Target group

+ Board members, management, policy advisers, coordinators, student counsellors, disability practitioners, teachers and college and university students 
+ Professionals from supplying education and intermediary organizations
+ Politicians
+ Everybody interested in the subject

Registration fee

  Early-Bird  Regular Speakers  Students
   1-day conference november 19 Nov. € 135 € 150 € 100 € 25 
  2-day conference 19 + 20 Nov. € 200  € 215 € 150  € 40 
  • These rates DO NOT include accommodation and conference dinner.     
  • The conference dinner (€ 55,-) can be booked separately on the registration form.
  • Hotel accommodation must be arranged and paid for by the participants themselves. Click here for suggestions.
  • The early-bird discount is valid until 14 September!

Sign up

Click here for the registration form.
Speakers have to register with a separate registrationform and will be informed about that by the organisation.

We invite you to a programme full of

+ Inspiring speakers
+ Interesting workshops
+ Opportunities to share experiences and good practices
+ Meetings with colleagues from home and abroad
+ Debates with management, professionals, politicians and students

On both days we present keynotes and subsessions.
On Monday 19th we a panel of experts will discuss major issues. Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences and probably some more institutions will officially sign the Declaration of intent UN Convention higher education.
On Tuesday 20th there will be a final wrap up and discussion so that everybody will go home with new inspiration!

For more information see the programme and an overview of the subsessions. Information about the keynotespeakers and VIPS will be available soon! 


The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is currently being implemented by institutions in all countries that have ratified the convention. The three main principles of the convention are inclusion, full participation and autonomy, and the key motto is: ‘Nothing about us, without us’. The higher education sector is experiencing a growing demand for innovation and flexibility. Sharing solutions will have a positive impact on the quality and inclusiveness of higher education institutions, especially for students with a disability.

The conference topics include

+ Provision of information
+ Accessible assessment and examination
+ The transition from education to the labour market
+ Making education more flexible
+ Policy development, implementation and monitoring
+ Student participation, peer-to-peer coaching
+ Student wellbeing
+ The use of personal and practical experience within education

The benefits for participants

Focus on the future with colleagues from higher education and other educational domains. Gain inspiration during workshops and presentations. Meet colleagues from the Netherlands and abroad and talk to students, board members and politicians. Attending the conference will enable you to take concrete steps to keep this subject on the agenda and to continue working on inclusive education within your own institution. Ultimately, this will benefit your students with a disability, helping them to study successfully and prepare for the labour market.

For information about the programme, please contact:

Judith Jansen
+31 6-54675612

For information about the organisation, please contact:
+31 73-6800783


International Conference on the Education of Young People
with Mental Health Difficulties

On 30/31 March 2017, Linn Dara School in partnership with Belfast Hospital School and Centre Soins-Études Pierre Daguet will host an international conference as part of our Erasmus Project ‘Developing a Transition Pathway Education Support Programme for Young People with Severe Mental Health Difficulties’.

We will celebrate excellence in the educational support of young people with mental health difficulties across the world in our inaugural international conference in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin. The conference will cross boundaries between the classroom and academia, between policy and practice, and between one nation and another.

All set in the heart of Dublin city centre, the conference will provide opportunities to meet colleagues and establish contacts, with time to share and discuss exciting ideas to use in your own practice.

Are You:

A teacher in a hospital, mainstream, special school or alternative settings?

A school leader?

An academic?

A policy maker?

Part of an organisation with a commitment to young people with mental health difficulties?

Then this conference is for you…

Register your interest for the conference.