The University of Poitiers is committed to ensuring that all students be given the opportunity to continue their studies. This active inclusive approach is part of the student’s life pathway.
Encouraging university entry
Only one quarter of high school students with disabilities enter higher education.
The University of Poitiers is involved in supporting these young people to reassure them and facilitate their studies. The PHARES program, runs with the Handisup Centre Ouest association, welcomes high school 9th– to 12th-grade students in workshops every Wednesday afternoon, from January to May each year. The proposed activities intend to give them self-confidence by participating, for example, in project planning, helping them find their way around or becoming familiar with the campus… These meetings, in contact with associations and students, help remove obstacles so that they can take a more relaxed approach to their studies. These workshops, currently offered only in Poitiers, will soon be set up in Niort.
Inclusive University 3.0: a virtual discovery of the University
As part of the IDEFI PaRé project, the University of Poitiers is working on a ‘serious game’ that will allow all high school students to project themselves into the university and discover that it is accessible to everyone, including young people with disabilities or those who are unable to attend classes.
The University of Poitiers is involved in the national ASPIE Friendly University project (2018-2028). It carries out actions to raise awareness and support students and teachers.
It is working on the implementation of specific follow-up for students with ASD and the construction of advanced pedagogical facilities.
Preparing for the post-university period
The University of Poitiers anticipates the exit of its students with disabilities from the curriculum in order to promote their professional integration and facilitate their daily lives. In conjunction with Safire, these students practice writing CVs and cover letters and prepare for job interviews.
In collaboration with Handis’up Centre Ouest, it helps young people in companies by offering them mobility solutions that they can apply for independently again when out of the system.
The University and the Handis’up Centre Ouest Association are also positioning themselves on the side of the companies that welcome these young people. The University also plans to create a business club to help them to get internships, facilitate the availability of tutors etc;
A Disability Resource Center in Niort
Linked to the IPHD Master’s Degree (inclusion and participation disabilities, dependency) which trains professionals in the reception of people with disabilities, the disability resource center has several functions:
Responding to the demand for training and awareness-raising from external partners: local authorities and companies. Intervention in structures to familiarize people with disability conditions.
Carrying out awareness actions over several days, led by the CRH and the CAN (Communauté d’Agglomération de Niort, or Greater Niort).
Assisting in the development of IPHD student projects
Promoting research on disability at university.
Experimentation with telepresence robots
As part of the IDEFI PaRé project, the University of Poitiers is experimenting the use of telepresence robots for students who are unable to attend.
Accessibility of buildings
The accessibility of university buildings is a priority for the university, which has already devoted nearly 15 million euros to make the 297,000 m² (≈3,200,000 sq. ft.) concerned accessible to people with reduced mobility.