Strategies and policy measures at National level to ensure Inclusive Mobility of students with disabilities
National Action Plan for people with disabilities: a road map sets clear and measurable targets for dealing with the complex problem of disability: among its actions, the Ministry of Education and Religious affairs has set the Target 12 “Education and Instruction for all”. The national Action Plan will be running through 2023.
Examples of good practices:
Home page of the Accessibility Unit for Students with Disabilities of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: https://access.uoa.gr/en/home-2/
University of Macedonia: Digital Material for Visually impaired students: https://dspace.lib.uom.gr/handle/2159/123
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: SUPPORT SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: https://www.lib.auth.gr/en/amea
Athens School of Fine Arts – Academic Support & Accessibility Unit for Students with Disability: http://www.asfa.gr/monada-stiriksis-kai-prosvasimotitas
University of Ioannina - Student Social Support and Disability Services: https://socialsupport.unit.uoi.gr/?lang=en
Targets for the participation of students with disabilities in credit mobility programmes such as Erasmus+
The National Action Plan for the people with disabilities links the evaluation of the HEIs with the accessibility for disabled students. It also includes common specifications for the accessibility and the supporting of the disabled. Inclusion will be an integral part of the University curricula aiming at raising awareness at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Grants and support services available for local students with disabilities going abroad
The State Scholarship Foundation (iky.gr) is actively involved in outward mobility:
Grants and support services available for international students with disabilities
Students with fewer opportunities
Definition of fewer opportunities
National procedures and conditions to be recognised as a student with fewer opportunities and to apply for reasonable adjustments
Unfortunately, there is no website available in English, but some information is available in Greek in the following documents:
- Law 4591/2019 (Government Gazette 19Α)
Accessibility of web sites and mobile apps as amended by Law 4727/2020 (Government Gazette 184A)
- Law 4488/2017 (Government Gazette 137A)
Implementation Guidelines for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
- Law 4485/2017 (Government Gazette 114A)
Arrangements for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
- Law 4283/2014 (Government Gazette 189A), article 7
Facilitating access for Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education
- Law 4074/2012 (Government Gazette 88A)
Adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008)
- Law 4009/2011 (Government Gazette 196A)
Provisions for Students with Disabilities
- Law 3549/2007 (Government Gazette 69A), article 12, paragraph 1
Establishment and operation of support services for students with disabilities in Higher Education
- Law 4067/12 /Gov.Gaz.79 Α on the New Construction Regulation. In Art. 26 the specific arrangements for the comfort of people with functional disabilities are described.
- Law 3794/2009 (Gov.Gaz.156a/4-9-2009) on the regulation of Tertiary Education. Art.35 Concerning “Introduction to Higher Education for People with Serious Diseases”
- Ministerial Decision with No. F.40.4/1/989/2012 (Government Gazette 1301 B), article 3(vi)-appendix I, paragraph 7
Accessibility obligations of websites
- Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, general secretary’s letter with protocol number F.1/79143/B3/2009, chapter A, paragraph 6
Circular on the mobility between Greek Universities for of students with disabilities
- Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, general secretary’s letter with protocol number F.1/114344/B3/2009
Modification-complement of the paragraph 6 of the circular with No. F.1/79143/B3/2009 on the mobility between Greek Universities for of students with disabilities
- Ministerial Decision with No. MINISTRY OF CULTURE/ADMINICTRATION/98546 24 October 2007 (Government Gazette 2065 B)
Reproduction of copyright protected publications for the benefit of Persons with Disabilities
- Ministerial Decision with No. F.151/20049/B6 1 March 2007 (Government Gazette 272), article 1, paragraph 8 and article 2, paragraph 5
Entry to Higher Education Institutions without examinations for Persons with Disabilities in 2007
- Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, deputy minister letter with protocol number F5/1449/B3, 4 January 2006
Facilitations for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
- Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, deputy minister letter with protocol number 10366/G6, 30 January 2004
Adoption of the Nemeth code for mathematics in the Greek braille system
Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, deputy minister letter with protocol number F142/B3/7104/1990
Facilitations for students with dyslexia
Specific public support services and/or public grants for students with fewer opportunities?
Students with disabilities can benefit from a variety of support services such as:
- Accessibility specifications: special provisions for buildings, parking spaces, etc
- Availability of electronic services targeted at visually impaired students
- Promotion of the Braille method for the visually impaired
- Every HEI is required to take the necessary measures so as to ensure inclusion of students with disabilities and special learning needs
The F.151/17897/B6/2014 joint ministerial decree gives students with disabilities the possibility to change the location of studies so as to enroll in a university close to their residence (see the Ministry link to electronic submission of the application for change of location of studies).
The ministerial decision 98546 (gov.gaz.2065B/24-10-2007) introduced a cooperative network of accessible bibliography providers to people with eyesight problems. In this way, the AMELib (Accessible Multi-modal Electronic Library) initiative, which aims at overcoming obstacles that visually impaired students may face, was created. University libraries are active towards this direction.
Furthermore, some HEIs offer special provisions in order to cater for students with special needs (e.g. dyslexia) regarding assessment and exams, life-long and distance-learning programmes (among them the Hellenic Open University) and supporting services such as counselling, psychological support, etc. complying to Law 4074/2012 articles.