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People and Society

The research and expertise center People and Society of AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts is a multidisciplinary knowledge center that researches social and pedagogical issues and supports practical work through research, project work, guidance and consultancy. The center starts from the knowledge areas, the sectors, the field and the policy linked to the bachelor and graduate programs within the department of Man and Society. This includes the broad field of social work and orthopedagogy.

The research within the center is participatory, habitat and action-oriented. The research themes are youth, organization, support and disability. The research projects always start from an inclusive vision of life and have a strong commitment to promoting inclusion within the life domains of living, working, education, care and leisure. The center collaborates with local organisations and governments, as well as European organisations

Notable projects


Additional Support and Meditation in inclusive Education

The European ASuMIE-project, funded by Erasmus+ KA2, wants to share knowledge and create a network around the concept of additional support in inclusive education. 


The project "Inclusive Playgrounds: Teacher Training Programme" (PINC), aimed at students in Education and Sports Sciences, has as its main objective to design and develop training that provides them with skills to facilitate inclusion in recreational environments during childhood.


This exploratory study maps the support provided by personal assistants without family ties to adults with intellectual disabilities. It examines the impact the personal assistant has on the budget holder's quality of life. In doing so, the support model of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is used, with a particular focus on the participation dimension.

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Research Coordinator

Beno Schraepen