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VISION:INCLUSiON is all about exploring ways to ensure that young people with a disability can take part in international youth work activities just like everyone else. Between 2015 and 2017, representatives of the international youth work community and disability organisations, researchers and administrators worked to develop an inclusion strategy specifically for international youth work. Over the coming years, this strategy will be evolved together with international partners.

VISION:INCLUSiON is run by IJAB, the International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, with funding by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.


All individuals have a right to social participation and education. For this reason, young people with and without a disability should have equal access to international projects and exchanges. However, since youth work organisations and young people with disabilities alike still face many obstacles in this regard, the project VISION:INKLUSiON was established and implemented between 2015 and 2017. International youth work organisations, experts and young people with disabilities joined forces to build a strategy to provide organisations with practical guidance as they develop their own inclusive international youth work activities.

Starting in 2018, the outcome of the project , which is known as VISION:INCLUSiON to refelct its international charakter, will be developed further for application at the international level. Specifically, the new iteration of VISION:INCLUSiON will focus on developing training concepts and supporting organisations in building international partnerships. An even greater emphasis will be given to the voice of those who stand to benefit from these efforts: young people with disabilities, and disability community organisations.

The project seeks to achieve the following:

  • Strengthening the international dimension – by making the strategy more international.
  • Promoting implementation – by assisting organisations in developing inclusive international youth work activities.
  • Increasing participation – by encouraging more young people, disabled and able-bodied, to participate.


To this end, organisations and experts will join working groups and attend conferences to develop concepts and instruments designed to facilitate inclusive international youth work and increase the quality of activities. Particular attention will be paid to training and partnership-building. Finally, the project will identify existing good practices and create new ones.

The concerns and needs of the young target group will be accounted for thanks to their participation in the expert group and involvement in new formats, such as an international youth barcamp.

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