Ulrike Werner

International Symposium seeks to develop an Inclusion Strategy for International Youth Work

How can international youth work (IYW) activities and learning mobility be made accessible for all young people, including those with disabilities? The IJAB project VISION:INKLUSION seeks to answer that question and invites to an international symposium from 21-22 September 2016 in Mainz, Germany.

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Representatives of the IYW community, disability community organisations, disability charities, researchers and administrators are working together to design an inclusion strategy for IYW by the end of 2017. In line with the three dimensions of the Index for Inclusion (Booth, T./ Ainscow, M., 2002, 2011), the project has three objectives:

1.    CREATE INCLUSIVE CULTURES: A shared understanding of inclusion in IYW is developed and an inclusive culture is created within the IYW community.

2.    ESTABLISH INCLUSIVE STRUCTURES: The national expert debate is strengthened. Fresh ideas and strategies are documented and shared, allowing all actors to build and/or strengthen inclusive structures.

3.    DEVELOP INCLUSIVE PRACTICES: Actors are empowered to develop inclusive practices for their international youth projects. To this end, tips and methods for the practical implementation of inclusive IYW are identified, consolidated and shared.

The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities calls for an inclusive education system at all levels as well as lifelong learning. International youth work (IYW) is a significant setting for non-formal and informal learning. It’s self-organised and voluntary by nature, so it makes a valuable contribution towards strengthening and developing the personalities of all young people. Young people with impairments can benefit from IYW in particular measure.


  • To enrich the development of an inclusion strategy for International Youth Work through international impulses.
  • To question the current professional discourse about inclusion from an international perspective.
  • To discover and discuss approaches and examples of good practice for an inclusive design and implementation of the UN Disability Rights Convention (UN CRPD) in youth work and non-formal education.
  • To provide an opportunity for establishing contacts between dedicated experts and practitioners from different countries.
  • To gain new impulses and ideas.


The symposium is aimed at

  • Practitioners working in youth services and youth work in Germany and abroad dealing with or having a strong interest in inclusive approaches and international exchange,
  • Experts engaged in research, policy and practice related to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities or to the inclusive design of non-formal education.

The number of participants is limited to 60.


English, German, Sign language


Hotel INNdependence (barrier-free hotel)

Gleiwitzer Straße 4, D-55131 Mainz

How to get there: www.inndependence.de/directions.html


Participation is free and covers conference documents, accommodation in a single room and food. Travel costs shall not be reimbursed. In justified cases and only by prior arrangement with the organizers, a grant may be paid towards travel costs for participants coming from abroad.


The deadline for registration is August 20, 2016. Please use the attached form to register. Note that the number of places is limited. Confirmations will be sent out after the deadline.


Please contact us if you need support, if you have questions about accessibility or for any further information.

Ulrike Werner and Christoph Bruners, E-mail: vision-inklusion@DontReadMeijab.de

The call for participants (PDF) contains further details to the program sequence and topics. If you liked yourselves to register, please use please this registration form (PDF).

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