The research concerning the thematic area 5 has as its primary objective the analysis of urban and university spaces in the Apulian university cities in terms of inclusion and independent life of people with disabilities and / or SLD. In light of the data collected by an ANVUR survey in 2020, carried out in 90 universities, there are about 36816 certified university students with disabilities and / or SLDs and half of students with SLD use the services offered by the universities, especially transport and internal mobility, orientation, teaching support and technological aids.

The research work, in the first phase, will start from the recognition of the current state of things:

  • experience of the Apulian universities in the organization of university spaces for inclusion;
  • analysis of planning models for inclusive urban development in Italian law;
  • recognition of the models of urban development and university inclusion present in the European panorama, in order to carry out a comparative study;
  • reconstruction of the normative data, of the national and regional legislation, as well as of the relevant jurisprudence on the subject.

Once the analysis of the services and structures has been completed, a survey of the political actions currently in place on the subject of accessibility and inclusion in the Apulian university cities will be carried out, with the support of associations, delegated student bodies and institutional representatives of the communities. This study will make it possible to:

  • study how other states have addressed the issue of inclusiveness in major universities, analyzing the impact that public policies have led to the development of the urban model;
  • grasp the best practices to be proposed for the improvement of the quality of life and services in the Apulian university cities.

The second phase will focus on the analysis of the data:

  • regulatory and financial to the Region, for interventions within the margins guaranteed by Title V, Part II Cost;
  • administrative regulatory, trying to provide new solutions to municipalities to take advantage of the regulatory spaces left by the legislator in line with the definition of public policies sensitive to the issue of inclusion and accessibility;
  • relating to internal university services, including orientation, tutoring and placement, training of teaching and administrative staff, digital accessibility.

From the foregoing, it is expected to be able to propose new solutions for spaces relating to university life in its entirety: transport, accessibility of recreational spaces, sports facilities, libraries and the development of technological solutions to improve the quality of life of students with disabilities inside and outside university buildings.