The University of Helsinki strives to enhance its services, facilities and operations so that they will be suitable for all. The University complies with the principles of equality, non-discrimination and inclusion. Inclusion means accommodating everyone, as a matter of course, so that everyone can participate equally in any activity. The various needs of people with disabilities must be considered in all planning as part of the diversity of humanity. This entails the removal of all barriers, whether physical obstacles, prejudiced attitudes or hindrances to communication.
The University offers advice for disabled students in integrating into the academic community and in acquiring the necessary aids and learning materials. The University provides academic advice, including advice regarding individual examination arrangements.
A list of accessibility liaisons can be found from the Flamma intranet.
A good environment does not categorise people on the basis of their physical abilities or disabilities: it is accessible. The same applies to various functions, which may be related to studies, work or, say, applying to the university. When they have been made accessible, everyone is able to function equally irrespective of their personal characteristics related to sight, hearing, mobility, age or any other such factors. Sometimes this requires special arrangements or aids.
Teaching is accessible when you have easy access to the classroom and can easily use the IT services employed in instruction and in communication about it, and you are able to fully participate in instruction.
Digital services must also be accessible. Read more about accessibility of the University’s digital services on the Flamma intranet.
Accessibility in studies
Accessibility of teaching particularly encompasses the idea of the different forms and channels of instruction. From a pedagogical perspective, it is recommended that, when possible, diverse learners are provided with, for example, lecture and seminar teaching or independent working in the form of an essay or a closed-book examination.
Sometimes accessible teaching requires special arrangements or equipment. More information about special arrangements from the instructions on individual arrangements support.