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Inclusive education, the network of thirteen Lombard universities turns 10

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Dec 3, 2021

A shared and multidisciplinary training project on inclusive teaching aimed at teaching staff and aimed at promoting an active commitment of the entire academic community towards the construction of university contexts capable of promoting academic success and the quality of the educational experience for all. This is the project announced for the next few years by Cald, the Coordination of the Lombard Universities for Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (Dsa) which today – coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – in the lecture hall of the University of Milano-Bicocca took stock of its first ten years of activity and the future prospects of its mission, starting from the experiences gained in the field, from the scientific reflections and from the operational planning of the thirteen universities that make up the Cald. the delegates of the rectors for disabilities of: Humanitas University, Liuc – Cattaneo University, Milan Polytechnic, Bocconi University of Milan, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, University of Insubria, University of Bergamo, University of Brescia , University of Milan, University of Milan-Bicocca, University of Pavia, Iul University m of Milan and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. The numbers and the round table In Lombardy, in the last ten years, the number of university students with disabilities and DSA has more than quintupled, going from 1,928 in 2011 to 10,201 in 2021. Specifically, students with disabilities enrolled in the thirteen participating universities at Cald they went from 1,632 in 2011 to 3,086 in 2021. Students with DSA enrolled went from 296 ten years ago to 7,115 today.After the institutional greetings of the rector of the University of Milan-Bicocca, Giovanna Iannantuoni, councilor for the education university research innovation and simplification of the Lombardy Region, Fabrizio Sala, the director of the regional school office, Augusta Celada, and the coordinator of the CALD, Roberta Garbo, the event opened with a round table entitled “Dimensions of inclusive teaching at the University “. In addition to the rector of Milan-Bicocca, the president of the Crui and rector of the Polytechnic, Ferruccio Resta, and the rectors of the University of Milan, Elio Franzini, of the University of Pavia, Francesco Svelto, of the University of Bergamo, Sergio Cavalieri, University of Brescia, Maurizio Tira, and Liuc – Cattaneo University, Federico Visconti, who answered questions regarding the regulatory aspects, funding, strategies and actions undertaken by universities to focus on the cultural and operational resources necessary to promote truly inclusive teaching at the university. The project Responding with care and competence to the profiles, needs and expectations of female students and students becomes an increasingly crucial issue, within the framework of the overall didactic choices of the Cald universities. The numerical relevance is associated with a cultural and methodological challenge that the experience of the pandemic has brought to everyone’s attention: the need to find innovative approaches, strategies and educational solutions that are able to integrate different ways of building, sharing and using knowledge contents , within the disciplinary teachings in universities. The choice to use a multiplicity of channels, languages ​​and ways of presenting information can allow to get out of the current dilemma “in presence / at a distance” in an evolutionary and coherent way, building increasingly welcoming learning communities, attentive to the issues of inclusion and social participation. The multiple activities of the Services and professionals that accompany the paths of the female students most at risk of academic failure and social exclusion constitute a precious resource for training in inclusive teaching for the entire academic body. organizational, technological and advanced teaching, the result of a constant and personalized dialogue with the teachers, the conductors of the workshops and the internship tutors involved in the various courses of study, have made it possible over the years to trace training courses aimed at enriching relational skills and methodological, contributing to the quality of the training experience in its various components. From these reflections the collaborative development of the project presented during the round table of the CALD delegates started. The four dimensions (Right to study, Organization of the context, Advanced technological solutions, Innovative teaching approaches) analyzed in the round table of the Coordinators, constitute the conceptual framework from which a series of inclusive teaching training paths branch off, based on the specificity of the different areas. disciplines present in the 13 universities.The proposal, built on the basis of the multidisciplinary scientific skills present in the Cald working group and addressed to the figures involved in various capacities in teaching, aims to promote an active commitment of the entire academic community towards the construction of contexts universities able to promote academic success and the quality of the educational experience for all.

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