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Personal Autonomy and Educational Inclusion - SZS - A Holistic Approach

Joachim Klaus
Study Centre for the Visually Impaired Students, Karlsruhe


The "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" is adopted on 13 Dec 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.

In the meantime all European Countries and the European Union signed the UN-Convention. As from 1 Jan 2011 the EU decided that these topics fall under the portofolio of the Directorate-General for Justice with its five directorates - Civil Justice, Criminal Justice, Fundamental Rights, Union Citizenship and Equality.

"Justice, fundamental rights and citizenship policies are based on European's most cherished values and principles, such as democracy, freedom, tolerance and the rule of law", as the official mission.

The presentation will express the complexity of inclusion of persons with disabilities concerning education and profession. The SZS - starting in 1986 at the University of Karlsruhe - is an example for a social, educational, legal and - above all - interpersonal approach and underlines the interdisciplinary and transversal functions and necessities of inclusion and equal rights.


Consequently all political areas should follow this multifunctional aspect and include it as a horizontal task into every concept, programme and innovative structure.

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