A necessary prerequisite for a Student with Disabilities, learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental disorders or a serious illness in order to receive the services of the Accessibility Unit for Students with Disabilities or cooperate with the Consultant Professor of the department of his/her studies, is to fill in the Needs Registration Form for Disabled Students, Students with Learning Difficulties or Serious Diseases.
The departments/services which the Accessibility Unit (for Students with Disabilities) provides are:
In many cases, the Information and Communication Technologies can provide solutions to the needs of the Students with Disabilities and meet their needs. These solutions are usually the only way for the Student with Disabilities to be able to attend University studies and then, pursue a professional career. Some of the main activities of the Department of the Electronic Accessibility of Students with Disabilities of the University of Athens are the following:
Assessment of the abilities of the Students with Disabilities
Depending on the type and degree of disability, the student’s abilities and the activities he/she needs to achieve on a daily basis, the student’s needs and potential problems that he/she may encounter during his/her academic studies are identified. Then, international practices and protocols, as well as specific experimental tests are applied for an initial preselection of possible solutions from the available Assistive Technologies in Greece and abroad.
Individual Assistive Technologies
It is proposed a personalized technological solution for each Students with Disabilities and it is provided a technical support in its composition.
Accessible Libraries Workstations
They allow the access to the libraries collections in whatever form they are (printed, electronic, acoustic), as well as access to the Internet services and common office automation applications to the students with partial or total vision loss and those with low extremities disability.
Academic Textbooks Conversion in Accessible Format
The department of Electronic Accessibility undertakes the conversion and distribution of the academic textbooks of the Students with Disabilities in various accessible digital platforms (depending on the type of their disability).
Websites and technological equipment procurements check to meet accessibility standards. Provision of guidelines and tools for the production of accessible educational material, such as:
- Guidelines for producing accessible content.
- Production guide for Accessible Mathematical Expressions.
- The braille writing System: braille code Symbolography, Greek braille code System, Nemeth Code for Scientific symbols in braille code, braille code writing lessons, text conversion software in Greek braille writing System.
ATHENA: Free Software Collection for Disabled People
The Free Software Collection ATHENA aims to inform in an organized and systematic way the Disabled People and the professionals and provide them with Assistive Information Technology solutions.
Volunteer Service for Students with Disabilities
The aim of the Volunteer Service for Students with Disabilities is the coordination of the systematic service provision to the Students with Disabilities by volunteer fellow students, on issues related to their studies.
For students with hearing loss, a special Relay Service is provided, offering them remote or face-to-face interpersonal communication with members of the academic community through tele-interpretation in the Greek Sign Language.
Transportation Service for Students with Disabilities
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens provides the service of the daily transfer of the Students with Disabilities form their homes / a means of transportation station to the location in which the course takes place and vice versa. It has two specially designed vehicles, each of them can carry two wheelchairs.
Examination Guidelines for Students with Disabilities
The Examination Guidelines for Students with Disabilities define the Appropriate Examination Ways of the Students with Disabilities at the University of Athens. An important role for the implementation of these Guidelines Is played by the Consultant Professor of the Students with Disabilities. The guidelines are addressed to Professors and Students with Disabilities, with the aim of the integration and coequal attendance of Students with Disabilities at the University of Athens. The Guidelines refer to specific setting, arrangements or regulations, depending on the type of disability and the “limitations” that it implies, for the unhindered participation of the Students with Disabilities in the examinations.