This Friday is our second event in the framework of ESN's "ExchangeAbility Week" of this semester: We will try out playing wheelchair basketball with the 1.FCK Rolling Devils team of Kaiserslautern.
But what is ExchangeAbility and why do we do these kind of events? Well, studying abroad for some time is challenging for international university students as they face an unfamiliar environment, a new language and culture to name but a few things. In addition, it can be even more difficult for students with disabilities who may face inaccessible environments or disability-related stereotypes. As recognition of such challenges, ESN has developed the ExchangeAbility project and STEP wants to support this positive idea of making our organisations better accessible for students with disabilities, helping remove obstacles in order to participate in student exchange programs and promoting better opportunities .
The ExchangeAbility project was also initiated due a recognition of the current situation regarding the mobility of students with disabilities. According to the data from the European Commission, during the academic year 2009/10 only 230 students with special needs receiving a supplementary grant participated in Erasmus semesters abroad. This represents 0.14 % of all Erasmus students. Although an increase compared to the previous years has been observed, the number is still exceptionally low.
For this reason, STEP wants to help people with special needs, promote better working conditions and raise awarenss for their situations.
Together with the Rolling Devils we will play Wheelchair Basketball in the gym of Schillerschule (Julius-Küchler-Str. 5). You will see it´s a fun game, but you will also be able to see how hard it can be for people with needs to practice sport.
There are ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE for participation, so you have to REGISTER for this event!
Registration times: Wednesday 3:30pm - 6:30pm and Friday 10am -1pmin at IntClub.
Meeting place on Friday: Schillerplatz at 7:15pm.
Join us at this unique sports event!
Your ESN STEP Team Kaiserslautern
- Everyone is invited.