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Wherever possible, the university will take measures enabling disabled individuals to visit, study, and work at the university on equal terms with nondisabled individuals

The university is continuously working to make facilities, activities & information accessible. Positive treatment of disabled students and employees is a matter of democracy and quality, as is all work done to promote equality of opportunity. The accessibility perspective must always be included when processes of public procurement are undertaken and the wishes and needs of individuals with disabilities should, whenever possible, be taken into account.

Students with disabilities

Students with special needs to get through with their studies can be offered help. Evaluation of the degree of support needed is made individually, considering the student's type of disability and the forms of teaching. Some examples of this kind of support are the instalment of reading studios, special software, and help taking notes during lectures.

Support for students with disabilities is available at the Department of Education (Utbildningsenheten).

Insufficient accessibility is a form of discrimination

Starting January 1st 2015, insufficient accessibility as a form of discrimination will be included in the Discrimination Act. Accessibility is insufficient when a person with a disability is disfavored by means of a lack of reasonable actions performed to put them in a situation that is comparable to that of a person without disabilities. Such reasonable actions are, for example, giving educational support, handing information in alternative formats, the flattening of doorsteps, and putting hearing aids in classrooms. Also, the term functional limitation (funktionshinder) is changed to disability (funktionsnedsättning) throughout the Discrimination Act. This is just a lingual change.

Who is affected by the new regulation?

Any person with a disability has the right to demand accessibility in, among other areas: education, restaurants, shops, workplaces, and health care. The people responsible for a business are obligated to take reasonable actions to make the business in question accessible for persons with disabilities.

Read more about the change in the Discrimination Act on DO's website (text is in Swedish),

The Discrimination Act in full version, text is in English (pdf new window)

Take part of DO's report (text is in Swedish).

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