Signature of the first “Support for International Mobility of Students with Disabilities” agreement

Signature of the first “Support for International Mobility of Students with Disabilities” agreement

The association Mission Handicap Assurance (MHA), created by the FFA in 2016 to promote the employment of people with disabilities in insurance companies, is to make a grant to the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles to enable students to study abroad, beginning this year.

The first “Support for International Mobility of Students with Disabilities” agreement was signed yesterday, 11 February, by Anne-Elise Chevillard, Chair of the MHA and head of AXA France’s Diversity, Inclusion and Disability programme, and Anne-Lucie Wack, Chair of the CGE. Also present at the signing were Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Sophie Cluzel, a junior minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, with responsibility for people with disabilities.

The second Disability Charter, which aims to renew member institutions’ undertakings to continue their inclusion journeys, was signed on the same occasion.

While the number of positions made available by insurers through work-linked training has increased steadily since the MHA was created (38 positions in 2017 and 201 in 2018), students with disabilities continue to face real obstacles when they seek to undertake a semester’s study or a placement abroad. Among the main difficulties, the costs associated with their disabilities constitute a barrier to their mobility during their studies.

In order to remedy this situation, the MHA, in partnership with the CGE and disability-friendly insurance companies, has decided to make a grant of 30,000 Euros available to finance these costs. 

This event is the starting point for a series of initiatives by the MHA over the coming months, including opening the online recruitment fair Tremplin pour l’assurance (Insurance Springboard) on 16 February and launching the Objectif Assurance (Target Insurance) campaign on 15 April.

According to Anne-Elise Chevillard, president of the MHA, and Bernard Spitz, president of the French Insurance Federation: “The signature of this first agreement demonstrates more than ever the ambition of Mission Handicap Assurance to act as an effective lever for the training of people with disabilities. We are proud to be the first professional association to implement such an initiative.

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