Making universities more accessible for students with disabilities
2 July 2019
How do higher education institutions work to increase accessibility for and counteract discrimination of students with disabilities? Last year, UHR was tasked by the government to disseminate best practice in this area. The results have now been reported to the government.
”It is UHR’s hope that this collection of examples will inspire both higher education institutions and other operators” said Karin Röding, Director General for the Swedish Council for Higher Education. ”These examples provide a good basis for organisations wishing to develop existing measures or create new ones.”
According to the Swedish Discrimination Act, higher education institutions must work both systematically and preventively against discrimination. This means implementing active measures to improve the situation for, among others, students with disabilities. This new collection contains 60 examples of measures put into practice that have made institutions more accessible to them.
The collection outlines information initiatives for students, staff development and improvements in the physical environment. You can also find examples of how the organisation, routines and technology have been developed and used to increase accessibility.
”Higher education institutions and also other authorities have generously shared examples of successful initiatives they have implemented. A reference group with a variety of skills and perspectives has assisted UHR in their work with the collection” said Karin Röding.
The report will be published after the summer.