Ελληνικά Erasmus at ATEITH





Incoming Students - Disadvantaged People

ATEITH policy

The Institute provides all the necessary means to incoming students with disabilities for equal access to courses and facilities ensuring that all students will be able to participate in both the academic and social life on campus. Thus, the Institute will not reject a student on the grounds of disability, disabling conditions and/or specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia. Moreover, outgoing students with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to participate in mobility programs and they acquire equal opportunities for learning and development

General Information

The smooth integration of students with special needs and disabilities in an educational environment is a primary concern of the state as well as of all educational institutions. This aims to enhanced adaptation of students to the environment of the Institute as well as to the development of the student’s potential towards completing their personality and achieve their academic and personal goals. It also aims to strengthen the internal life in the Institution and its connection to the society at large.

The equal access for students with different abilities and requirements require adjustments of the academic environment, accessible services and assistive technologies such as:

  • Access to the facilities of the Institute

  • Access to educational material (printed and/or electronic)

  • Access to the educational board and views of the classroom

  • Access to study notes, tasks and written exams

  • Access to information, the internet content and applications

  • Access to interpersonal communication with the members of the academic community

Establishment and operation of the Accessibility Office for Students with Disabilities of ATEITH

The Accessibility Office for Students with Disabilities of ATEITHE was officially established and operates since 2006 aiming to provide educational and psychological support for students with disabilities and special needs. The Office is recording all necessary information of students with physical, cognitive, sensory disabilities. With absolute confidentially and consideration the staff of the Office discuss the difficulties that these students encounter during their academic course and record their needs. The Office also acts as a liaison with the Administration of ATEITHE in order to create basic infrastructure related to accessibility for people with disabilities (ramps, elevators and toilets), both outdoors (entrance of buildings), as well as in other public areas such as student dorms, the student’s restaurant and in parking lots.

The Office organizes support events, workshops and maintains a network of volunteers that help students with disabilities to move within the premises of ATEITH. Volunteers are trained on how to handle a wheelchair, lifting equipment (elevator) and serve their fellow students with disabilities. The network of volunteers consists of students who have expressed interest in actively help their fellow students with disabilities and any difficulties encountered in their studies in the campus of ATEITH. These volunteers are trained in manipulating wheelchairs and how to accompany and assist the movement of students with special needs within and outside buildings of ATEITH. The group operates on a weekly program where volunteers indicate which days and hours they are available to serve the students with disabilities during their free time. The target is to meet the needs of students with disabilities especially during the hours are not attending lectures and they will need any kind of help and of course companionship. Finally, the team identifies and records the possible deficiencies in existing infrastructure (i.e. lack of accessible points in indoor and outdoor areas of the Institution) and ensures its continuous improvement.

The Office has taken the following actions:

  • Development of accessibility entrances (i.e. ramps at building entrances)

  • Construction of lifts and facilities for students with disabilities

  • Record keeping of personal information for students with disabilities and their needs

  • Psychological support

  • Annotation of websites for increased accessibility for students with disabilities

  • Installing workstation software accessibility for visually impaired students

  • Development of the website for the Accessibility Office for students with disabilities of ATEITH

  • Provision of personal identification cards for students with disabilities in order to facilitate the attendance of courses and workshops and the use of student canteens within ATEITH

  • Establishment of a team of volunteers to facilitate students with disabilities

  • Service with accessible buses of City Bus Service (OASTh, urban line No. 52, TEI SINDOS)

  • Development of special parking lots

  • Cooperation with voluntary associations, organizations and federations for people with disabilities

  • Organization of non-profit activities and events

Students with disabilities in ATEITH

Students with physical disabilities and mobility problems who are currently attending at ATEI are many whereas the number of students with serious health, psychological and hearing problems is also high. The main difficulties that these students face have to do with access, mobility and course attendance.

Interested students can come to the Accessibility Office for Students with Disabilities of ATEITH in order to discuss with the staff their special needs and problems, which then are recorded on a special form. In case of incapacity of the student to self complete the Student Requirements Form (SRF) or to hand in the completed Form the staff of the Office will complete it even through telephone communication with the stakeholders. Also, the submission of the completed Form could be done by email or by sending a fax to the Office. The submission of the Student Requirements Form can be done throughout the course of study and attendance of students without prior appointment. The recording of the students with special needs and disabilities is not carried out only for students entering with specific provisions, but for those entered by normal or special exams, as well as for those who acquired disability during their studies.