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Disability

Sciences Po places accessibility at the heart of its equal opportunities policy. Openness requires increasing the integration, inclusion and participation of the members of our community with disabilities. To achieve this, we are developing our existing programmes and making our campuses disability accessible.

321 students benefit from this program

19 corporate partners support the program

A university accessible to all its communities

We must meet some ambitious disability policy objectives if we are to realise our desire for Sciences Po to be open to talent from all backgrounds, students and employees alike. The policy is divided into four main areas.

Supporting student careers & facilitating access to knowledge

From the entrance exam to professional integration (making a successful transition to the world of work), Sciences Po supports each disabled student individually by modifying courses of study, e.g. providing note-takers, readers or repeaters, or specially adapted equipment. Students can prepare for their classes using the range of accessible digital resources on offer, following courses online via e-classes, and using state-of-the-art telepresence robots. We are also in the process of making all our websites disability accessible. Students with a disability are also entitled to a tuition fee waiver and mobility grants for the third year abroad.

Without the telepresence robots offered at Sciences Po, I would never have been able to take my own notes, attend classes and form my own intellectual opinions. They freed me from having to go through an intermediary.

Nicolas, student at the Doctoral School

Innovating to make our teaching methods more inclusive

Using the research we’ve carried out at Sciences Po, we’ve created fact sheets and video tutorials to help teachers compensate for the constraints of both visible and invisible disabilities. Our research also focuses on learning strategies, assessments, stress management and the classroom of the future, for which we created a prototype in early 2018.

Integrating employees with disabilities

In 2017, Sciences Po reached the legally required disability employment rate of 6%. The Sciences Po Disability Support Service offers individual sessions to define and assist with specific needs. We also subcontract important contracts to suitable companies, particularly with regard to the IT helpdesk.

Funding requirement: €1.2M over 4 years

A gift of €5,200 (before tax deduction) funds a notetaker for a student with a disability for one year.

Ensure the accessibility of our brick-and-mortar and digital sites

Sciences Po is striving to make all its spaces accessible in accordance with its legal obligations. The work already carried out on the Paris campus includes the renovation of the lift to make the cafeteria and lecture theatres accessible; the creation of 2 accessible dining areas; the installation of magnetic loops in the lecture theatres. We are also continuing to equip classrooms and install accessible signage.

As for our websites, applications and office documents, they are accessible in line with official French digital accessibility standards (Référentiel Général d’Accessibilité des Administrations or RGAA). The issue of accessibility plays an essential role in the Campus 2022 project (renovation of the Artillerie site and other sites on the Paris campus) and reflects our collective commitment.

Funding requirement: €3M over 4 years for the accessibility of the Paris campus

Corporate support makes it possible to reduce or even eliminate disability-related inequalities for students at Sciences Po. Every year, €300,000 is spent on disability support and accommodations, benefiting 321 students.

Become a partner

Strengthen your image and your employer brand:

  • Take action on issues of social responsibility and disability
  • Meet the students who benefit from the programmes
  • Your name on all presentation material for the Sciences Po accessible programme
  • Participate in dedicated events
  • Benefit from actions that meet your obligations in relation to the employment of disabled workers (OETH)

By supporting the Accessible Sciences Po programme, you gain access to special opportunities:

  • Internships: customised monitoring of partner internship and jobs listings all year long. Partner companies are featured to attract speculative applications.
  • Mentoring: students can choose to be put in touch with an experienced professional from one of our partner companies for guidance in developing their academic, personal, and career plans.
  • Business Fair: partners that choose to participate in Sciences Po’s main annual fair are offered a free stand. Communication is also provided to encourage students to visit their stands.
  • Accessible Sciences Po Fair: partners gather for a half-day at the Careers Service to meet students with disabilities.
  • Annual partners’ committee meeting: the programme’s results and prospects are presented to the partners at this meeting.
  • Events: companies are invited to all disability awareness events held during the year.

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Disability and accessibility at Sciences Po

If you have a temporary or permanent disability or disabling health condition, Sciences Po will ensure that you receive the necessary support and adjustments to complete your chosen programme and get fully involved in student life

Refugees

Every year, Sciences Po takes in a class of asylum-seeking and refugee students. To further our engagement, in 2018 we launched the Professional Certificate for Young Refugees, which enables participants to acquire skills suited to the French job market and improve their employability.

Equal Opportunity Programme (EOP)

Our pioneering Equal Opportunity programme was initiated in 2001 to ensure the most talented, deserving students have access to Sciences Po, whatever their social or cultural background.

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