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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.
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.
The Mission handicap produces information brochures, some of them in english, like the Guide for Students with Disabilities (pdf, 2,1 Mo).
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. All services are listed on the webpage "Disability and accessibility" from the students website.
Claire Secondé, coordinator of the Disabilities Office, provides full support for disabled students to pursue their studies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The library offers specific support and dedicated equipment for disabled students: The “Accessible library” webpage from the library website, lists the full range of services offered by the library.
- Yanick Ngan (digital accessibility): email@example.com
- Samia Khelifi (individualized assistance): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aline Asselie (Individualized assistance): email@example.com
Considerable renovation work has been undertaken by the Mission handicap 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,
- hearing induction loop (see the location map),
- an accessible infirmary.
All services are listed on the webpage "Disability and accessibility" from the students website.
The IT Department pursues an angoing process of making websites and applications accessible ac. It created in 2011 the "site kit", based on the French national standard (RGAA), which is 80% accessible and used for the creation of the institution’s sites.
Accessibility coordinator on the site kit websites: firstname.lastname@example.org
The IT Department also works on making the applications accessible.
Office documents : the Communication department make available document templates (Word) which are accessible and thus generate accessible PDFs. It also provides courses for its uses.
Accessibility coordinator on the accessible documents: email@example.com
"By making accessibility the rule across all areas of operation, Sciences Po is placing an emphasis on autonomy."