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Students and PhD students with disabilities who begin or continue education at the University of Wrocław can benefit from various forms of support.

The main principle of the university is to offer support but not to relieve from personal effort. We have designed universal standards aiding education and we don’t limit our support only to social matters. The university’s infrastructure has undergone a makeover in recent years. Most institutes have adapted their buildings to the needs of disabled users. We have been given government funds for need-based and other grants, awarded on the basis of a medical certificate on the degree of disability. Such certificate can also be submitted to a dean in order to apply for individual study programme.

The Support Unit for Students and PhD Students With Disabilities was established on 1 March, 2017, and is assisted by dr Barbara Winczura, Rector’s representative for improving the quality of education of students with disabilities, and dr Wiesława Zybura, Rector’s representative for students and PhD students with disabilities. The Unit’s office is located at: ul. Kuźnicza 49/55, ground floor, room 18, entrance with the ramp at ul. Kuźnicza, phone +48 71 375 26 64, e-mail: dorotadzieciol@uwr.edu.pl  niepelnosprawni@uwr.edu.pl

The Unit’s tasks include:

  • determining the needs of students and PhD students with disabilities,
  • organising various forms of support for students and PhD students with disabilities and supervising their execution, among others, educational assistants, commute, sign language interpreters, individual foreign language lessons (of the language included in the curriculum), spatial orientation course, adapting teaching materials,
  • running a specialised rental shop with equipment for students and PhD students with disabilities,
  • acting to expand the offer targeted at students and PhD students with disabilities,
  • promoting activities aimed at students and PhD students with disabilities,
  • providing candidates, students, and PhD students with disabilities with information on support opportunities,
  • co-operating with the Rector’s representative for improving the quality of education of students with disabilities and Rector’s representative for students and PhD students with disabilities.

The Rector’s representative for improving the quality of education of students with disabilities, dr Barbara Winczura, offers individual consultations on the quality of education aimed at students with disabilities and UWr’s units, acts to adapt education process to the needs of students with various degrees of disability, represents and assists students with disabilities in matters related to quality of education in contacts with UWr authorities and bodies, and represents UWr in the Expert Council on Educating Students With Disabilities.

We kindly ask all persons who would like to meet with the representative to establish first contact by e-mail:  barbara.winczura@uwr.edu.pl

The Rector’s representative for students and PhD students with disabilities, dr Wiesława Zybura, provides individual consultations for students, PhD students, and candidates with disabilities, fundraises for programmes aimed at students and PhD students with disabilities, co-operates with UWr units in matters related to eliminating architectural, social, and communication barriers, participates, with the staff of the Support Unit for Students and PhD Students With Disabilities, in conferences, courses, and workshops expanding skillset and knowledge relating to disabilities, and takes part in various events on the integration and activisation of students with disabilities.

We kindly ask all persons who would like to meet with the representative to establish first contact by e-mail: wieslawa.zybura@uwr.edu.pl

Educational assistants are available every day. Their task is to support educational process: assist in commute, take notes etc. A student can individually appoint an assistant, such as, for example, a family member or friend. Assistants are employed by the University and paid according to fixed rates, in the form of a contract to perform a specific task or contract of mandate. A specialised rental shop with equipment for persons with visual, auditory or motor disabilities is also available.

The University of Wrocław is a member of  the Expert Council on Educating Students With Disabilities, consisting of 13 higher schools of Wrocław and Opole. The council was created on the initiative of „Twoje Nowe Możliwości” [Your New Opportunities] Association. The universities’ common goal is to give students with disabilities unlimited access to higher education and ensure its highest possible quality. In the future they will also be following the lives of the graduates.