UniLaSalle and the CGE received a mission letter signed by Jean-Yves Le-Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Sébastien LeCornu, Minister for Overseas France, and Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister in charge of Disabled People.
This mission will be the subject of a report that will indicate the obstacles to the international mobility of students with disabilities, and will propose solutions or avenues of work to ensure the outgoing and incoming mobility of foreign students with disabilities on the national territory.
It will also study the feasibility of the European (or even international) generalization of this approach.
This request from the Government follows the advocacy of the International Status of Students with Disabilities (SIESH) for which the CGE has been campaigning for several years, alongside the FEDÉEH and Unirh-Thransition (formerly Hanploi CED).
This status is a proactive international approach to fight against discrimination against students with disabilities. It aims to remove the 4 major obstacles to the international mobility of disabled students:
- access to healthcare ;
- support for social, cultural and personal life;
- the freedom to come and go;
- administrative barriers and discriminatory additional costs.
In particular, it will make it possible to
- the appointment of disability focal points in each embassy or consulate;
- the reimbursement of medical treatment by the country of origin and the provision of additional medical cabins for the transport of medicines or adapted equipment;
- the establishment of an international third-party payer to compensate for the additional costs related to a disability;
- the possibility of benefiting in the host country from adapted transport services at a lower cost.