With this questionnaire, the European Association for Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)'s Member Forum on Education aims to collect comprehensive data for a state-of-the-art report on pathways to inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE)/lifelong learning for people with intellectual disabilities who are between 18-24 years of age.
The answers to this questionnaire will form the basis of a report that will provide further information on the state of inclusive post-secondary education situation (IPSE) in selected European Countries. As the questionnaire addresses the national level in each country, please provide answers concerning the situation in your country/region.
This questionnaire is to be completed by academics or professionals working at a national level in the field of IPSE (higher education or VET).
The questionnaire is structured in three parts:
A) Statutory Legislation and Prescriptions - In Part A, you will be asked to assess the legal basis for IPSE in your country.
B) The Situation in Practice - In Part B, you will be asked to assess the practice of IPSE in your country.
C) Progression of Implementation - In Part C, you will be asked to assess the development and progression of IPSE in your country.
For this report, the below questionnaire was developed by the EASPD Secretariat in consultation with EASPD’s Member Forum on Education.
For the purposes of this questionnaire and subsequent report, the following terms have been defined as follows:
PSE – Post-secondary education
While PSE is sometimes referred to as “higher education,” “third-level education,” or “tertiary education’’ in various contexts, the term PSE, in this questionnaire and upcoming report, includes all forms of education and study programmes pursued after the secondary level, as well as research universities, teaching universities, professional colleges, polytechnics, and vocational colleges (UNESCO & IIEP, 2014).
IPSE – inclusive post-secondary education
IPSE for individuals with intellectual disabilities comprises programmes delivered in mainstream educational institutions where students with or without disabilities have the same access to all educational and employment opportunities to fully participate in academics, social events, and campus life.
VET - Vocational education and training
VET covers learning which aims to acquire knowledge, know-how, information, values, skills and competencies required in specific occupations or more broadly in the labour market (CEDEFOP, 2014) as well as develops citizens' skills to remain employable and respond to the needs of the economy (EU European Education Area).