Accessible Sciences Po

A commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity

True to its commitment to equality of opportunity, Sciences Po makes every effort to provide the best possible conditions for all its students, not the least those with disabilities.

In 2008, Sciences Po launched its "Accessible Sciences Po" program, in order to implement a range of measures designed for students with disabilities. This program, with the support of some 15 partner companies, provided the financing for the arrangements necessary to accommodate these students each year.

On February 11, 2013 the provisional administrator, the secretary of the Company Committee, the student president, and the faculty president of the Joint Committee of the Institute signed the Accessible Sciences Po letter of commitment (FR, PDF, 712 KB), which puts in place a multi-year action plan, a list of indicators, and an annual progress report.

Thanks to the Accessible Sciences Po program we have established a comprehensive accessibility policy, covering our students from admission to career placement, with academic studies and campus life in between. We ensure that each and every one of our disabled students enjoys as much autonomy as possible during their time at Sciences Po. 

Mission Handicap

Elsa Géroult is the coordinator of Mission Handicap, under the authority of the secretary general. She works to implement a proactive and economically responsible disability policy, for Sciences Po staff, students and faculty.

Contact: elsa.geroult@sciencespo.fr

Academic studies: students and faculty

As part of its disability policy, Sciences Po offers special arrangements to provide an individually adapted academic experience, starting in the college. A support system run by the Disabilities Office is available for students with special needs.

Some amphitheater lecture courses are simultaneously subtitled (velotype). Sign language (LSF) and cued speech (LPC) interpretation is also available.

Claire Secondé, coordinator of the Disabilities Office, provides full support for disabled students to pursue their studies.

Contact: claire.seconde@sciencespo.fr

Library

The library offers specific support and dedicated equipment for disabled students:

  • Reading rooms are equipped with a range of tools, including readers, screen magnifiers, voice synthesizers, Braille printers, etc.
  • Group work spaces are also available, by reservation through the information desk staff;
  • Some databases offer voice synthesizers (EBL, EbookLibrary Factiva, databases) ; Cambridge University Press is fully accessible, others comply with international standards for web accessibility
  • Licences Vocal Press: periodicals read out loud (large selection of dailies, weeklies and monthlies)
  • On-campus and remote access to the BNFA (Bibliothèque numérique francophone accessible, formerly Bibliothèque Hélène): more than 12,000 audio books in French
  • Hearing loops are available at the ground floor information desk at 27 rue Saint Guillaume and 30 rue Saint Guillaume
  • Eight-adjustable tables at 27 rue Saint Guillaume and 30 rue Saint Guillaume (ground floor)
  • Two soundproof booths at 27 rue Saint Guillaume (ground floor)
  • Badges for elevator access

Information for all readers is available in the “Accessible library” guide, which lists the full range of services offered by the library.

Disability coordinators:

Looking for internships and jobs

Sciences Po Avenir offers workshops throughout the year specially adapted for disabled students to work on CVs, cover letters, salary negotiation, presentations, and interviewing techniques. A disabilities coordinator, Fabrice Barthelemy, helps students in their search for internships and jobs, whatever the nature of their disability. He works with students in conjunction with the companies involved in the Accessible Sciences Po program, which offer internships, employment and mentoring, to help prepare them for these opportunities.

Contact: fabrice.barthelemy@sciencespo.fr

The building

Considerable renovation work has been undertaken to improve accessibility for all:

  • automatic doors, ramps, enlarged doors, guard rails
  • 16 hearing loops for the hearing impaired (entrance hall, amphitheater, etc.)
  • building plan in Braille installed at 27, rue Saint-Guillaume (video presentation above)
  • accessible cafeteria at 13, rue de l'Université: a fully adapted dining area, equipped with ergonomic tables and accessible sinks, lockers for bags, a microwave, outlets for recharging batteries
  • disabled access restrooms at various locations
  • an accessible infirmary