Head, priority area of Inclusive Education, School of Education at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Steering Committee member, ICF Research Branch, WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in Germany (at DIMDI)
Prof. Judith Hollenweger, PhD heads the priority area of Inclusive Education at Zurich University of Teacher Education. Her career in education started as a primary school teacher in the canton of Zurich. She completed her studies in education, special needs education and psychology in 1990 at the University of Zurich and in 1995 earned her PhD in special needs education also at the University of Zurich.
Prof. Hollenweger's main areas of research focus on special needs education and implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in early childhood and education. She was a collaborating expert in the development of the ICF which was endorsed by the World Assembly in 2001. She has been instrumental in the development of a new standardized national eligibility procedure to establish special needs in the educational setting which is based on the ICF for Children and Youth (ICF-CY), and has been a supervising expert on the European Union's Marie Curie Research Training Network MURINET project as well as on the Measuring Health and Disability in Europe: supporting policy development (MHADIE) project. Prof. Hollenweger has authored several books including the education chapters in the Encyclopedia of Disability (2006) and numerous articles in scientific journals. She is also a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Special Needs Education. In addition to her academic work, Prof. Hollenweger represents Switzerland on the Board of the European Agency for the Development in Special Needs Education and is a member of the Functioning and Disability Reference Group for ICF of the WHO Family of Classifications Network. Most recently, Prof. Hollenweger has translated the ICF-CY into German and was a Co-Editor on the German version of the ICF-CY.