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International Summer School 2019: Planning and Development of Inclusive Communities

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006. To date, 177 states have ratified (as of October 2018). All these signatory states to the UN CRPD have thus committed themselves to their full implementation "with all available means" and also within the framework of national law.
The constitution, national laws and regulations of a country determine which public tasks are performed by which government and administrative level and how and to what extent citizens are involved in decision-making processes.
While the European and national levels have a more policy-oriented perspective, the local level focuses more on the needs of municipalities and the strategic planning of programmes and services. The question of how the UN CRPD can be implemented in local areas is therefore of central importance.
Related questions have been the subject of intensive research activities of the Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) of the University of Siegen at regional, national, European and international level for some time now, among others within the framework of the project "Connecting Inclusive Social Planning, Community Development and Service Provision For Persons With Disabilities (CISCOS)". The International Summer School is based on the contents of this project and refers to the contents and the planning implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in municipal areas. In particular, innovative approaches of social-spatial planning in connection with digitized elements will be presented and discussed. Especially in the following areas knowledge shall be imparted and possibilities of practical application shall be pointed out:

  • Understanding the models of disability and the UN CRPD in the context of human rights instruments
  • Paradigmatic foundations and perspectives of support systems for people with disabilities
  • Concepts and approaches for local implementation of the UN CRPD
  • Theories and instruments of municipal planning
  • Planning areas of inclusive communities
  • Exemplary development and testing of local planning projects

The 15 places for international participants are awarded in cooperation with university partners.

Below you’ll find a draft programme as well as an accessible version of the programm