The INSHEA is the first institution in France dedicated entirely to people with disabilities and special educational needs.
Public institution of higher education, the INSHEA is active in the area of professional, social, and inclusive education.

INSHEA has a unique objective based on three fields focus: research, training, and resources.

  • Develop interdisciplinary research
    The research unit of the INSHEA analyses, on the national and international level, the policies and school practices of education and training for people with special educational needs. Its mission is to link teaching, research and production of resources to enable operators in the educational field to respond to the diversity of backgrounds and educational needs as well as to facilitate learning and social and professional integration of students.
  • Offer training to all stakeholders in the field of inclusive education
    The INSHEA offers initial and continuing education to answer the issues of accessibility and supervision.
    Its campus allows the accommodation of trainees and students from all over France and abroad.
  • Develop a resource center of reference
    The INSHEA aims to collect, produce and make available technical, scientific and educational resources for all the actors in the field of inclusive education, dealing with people with special educational needs.

This activity is fully in line with the approaches of the project for digital university that has been a central focus of the draft contract of the site of the university Paris Lumières.

In 2014, The INSHEA has become an associate member of the University Paris Lumières.

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