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.
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.
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.
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.
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.