The Erasmus+ program in the period 2021-2027 seeks to enable the participation of a wider range of organizations and a larger number of participants. In this regard, the program emphasizes inclusiveness as one of the key and most important priorities and seeks to promote equal opportunities and access in all its activities. For organizations and participants with disabilities, the program provides mechanisms and resources that will make them available to a diverse range of participants.
The Erasmus+ program supports projects that promote social inclusion and aim at greater involvement in project activities of participants with disabilities, including people with disabilities, people with severe health problems, people living in rural and remote areas, people facing socio-economic problems. difficulties.
When designing their projects and activities, organizations should have an inclusive approach in order to help address the various barriers that participants with disabilities face and that may hinder their participation:
- disability and handicap (physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment);
- health problems (severe and chronic diseases);
- economic barriers (low standard of living, low income, dependence on social protection systems, long-term unemployment, poverty);
- geographical barriers (individuals from remote, rural or underdeveloped areas);
- barriers related to education and training systems (early school leavers and low-skilled adult learners enrolled in some of the adult programs) and
- cultural differences (individuals with migrant or refugee status, people belonging to a national or ethnic minority, sign language users).
The definitions of the target groups for inclusion within the Erasmus+ programme are available here.
The program provides additional financial support to institutions that include individuals with disabilities in their project activities and thus enables their unhindered participation.
KA131 mobility projects in higher education provide an opportunity for people with disabilities who go on mobility to be entitled to the following additional funds:
- Additional 250 euros per month in case of long-term mobility (duration of mobility is at least 2 months);
- Additional 100 euros for short-term mobility lasting 5-14 days;
- An additional 150 euros in the case of short-term mobility lasting 15-30 days;
- Funds for travel expenses, for short-term mobility, calculated on the basis of distances defined by the European Commission’s Distance Band Calculator tool;
- Funds for travel expenses for students with disabilities, who go to partner countries for mobility;
- Additional funds in the form of actual costs covering 100% of the costs needed by participants with physical, mental or health difficulties to enable them to participate in mobility, as well as accompanying persons, if necessary. These costs must be reported and justified by the institution / organization of the project promoter and approved by the Tempus Foundation.
In connection with these additional funds, in addition to basic organizational support per participant for mobility preparation, KA131 mobility projects in higher education provide additional financial support to the institution for organizing mobility for a person with disabilities in the form of additional 100 euros per participant who needs additional support.
Within the KA1 mobility projects, institutions in the field of general, vocational and adult education are enabled to send students and employees with disabilities to periods of professional development in other European countries.
Institutions are entitled to an additional 100 euros per participant with reduced opportunities in order to provide adequate support in organizing mobility activities. The specificity of KA1 mobility projects in adult education is that adult participants who have the right to participate in mobility are participants with reduced opportunities – and especially adults with low qualifications * who are enrolled in some of the adult education programs **.
Participants with disabilities are also provided with funds for the costs necessary to enable their participation in the project, such as health care costs, costs for accompanying persons, etc. These costs are recognized in full (100%) if they are not covered by budget categories intended for travel and individual support; must be reported and justified by the institution / organization of the project holder and approved by the Foundation Tempus.
* Adults with a low level of qualifications are considered when they have acquired qualifications lower than level 3 according to NOKS (lower than secondary education).
** Functional Adult Primary Education (FOOO);
- Adult secondary education (part-time secondary school students, adults older than 17);
- Retraining and retraining programs for adults in secondary education;
- Non-formal education programs that acquire key competencies;
- Training programs that acquire competencies and qualifications with publicly recognized organizers of adult education activities;
- Programs and other activities of non-formal education and training of adults organized by the National Employment Service (NES), other state bodies and institutions, associations and chambers and through which unemployed and employed persons acquire competencies important for personal and professional development, employment, employment and career advancement as well as career management and decision making on further education and employment.
The Erasmus+ program covers the costs of travel, accommodation, food, as well as health insurance in the event of youth exchanges for all participants in international mobility. In addition to the basic costs, if the project involves young and youth workers with disabilities, the following additional funds are available:
- Additional financial support for organizing mobility for a person with disabilities in the form of 100 euros per mobility participant;
- Additional resources in the form of actual costs covering 100% of the costs needed by participants with physical, mental or health difficulties to enable them to participate in mobility, as well as accompanying persons if necessary; costs must be reported and justified by the institution / organization of the project holder and approved by the Foundation Tempus.
KA2 cooperation partnership projects also support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the implementation of project activities or participation in some of its parts. Therefore, under these projects, people with disabilities have access to funds for the costs necessary to enable them to participate in the project, such as costs for an accompanying person (including travel and individual support costs if these funds have not already been requested through budget categories for travel and individual support). Costs must be reported and justified by the project promoter / organization and approved by the Foundation Tempus.
In this regard, the institution / organization that sends individuals with disabilities to learning, teaching and training activities, is entitled to an additional 100 euros per participant who needs additional support above in order to provide adequate support in organizing these activities.