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
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.
The State Scholarship Foundation (iky.gr) is actively involved in outward mobility:
https://www.iky.gr/el/atoma-me-eidikes-anagkes (in Greek)
Unfortunately, there is no website available in English, but some information is available in Greek in the following documents:
Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, deputy minister letter with protocol number F142/B3/7104/1990Facilitations for students with dyslexia
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.