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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can often satisfy the needs and provide solutions to the demands of Students with Disabilities (SwD). In the majority of cases, pursuing academic studies and a career afterwards for SwD is possible only thanks to the solutions provided by ICT. Some of the main activities of the Department of e-Accessibility of the Accessibility Unit are described below.

Here you can see some examples of Assistive Devices for persons with disabilities


1. SwD’s Abilities Assessment

Taking into consideration the kind and degree of disability, the abilities of the students and the daily tasks they must accomplish, it is possible to identify their special needs and the obstacles they are expected to face during their academic studies. After that, the e-Accessibility Department applies international good practices and protocols as well as special laboratory tests for an initial preselection of the appropriate Assistive Technologies.

  • Identifying the special needs of students according to their disability
  • Matching their special needs with proper Assistive Technologies

2. Individual Assistive Technologies

After the assessment of their abilities, an individualized technological solution is put forth to SwD. They also get technical support for the proposed solution.

  • Individualized solution based on Assistive Technologies
  • Technical support for the implementation of the individualized technological application
  • Providing Assistive Technologies

3. Accessible workstations for SwD in the University Libraries

Accessible workstations enable blind students, students with low vision and students with upper limb disabilities to have access to the resources of the university libraries in whatever form they might be (printed, digital, audio) as well as to the content of the Internet and common office software applications.

4. Accessible textbooks

The Department of e-Accessibility is responsible for converting and providing academic textbooks in a variety of accessible digital formats to print-disabled students (depending on the type of each student’s disability).

5. Publicity

  • Creating and updating the Accessibility Unit’s website
  • Organizing information and dissemination seminars and conferences
  • Issuing information brochures

6. Providing technological know-how

  • Providing accessibility guidelines and tools
  • Checking Calls for tenders regarding technological equipment supply in order to ensure that accessibility requirements are met
  • Checking the accessibility of the websites of the NKUA in order to ensure that they comply with international guidelines
  • Free software for SwD.

7. Collaboration with Higher Education Centers and Institutions

  • Horizontal actions
  • Experience exchange
  • Know-how exchange

8. Research and development

  • Support of the Greek language by special software and hardware
  • Standardization
  • Participation in research and development projects