FCUL has created the Advisory Board to tackle issues related with students with Special Educational Needs. The Advisory Board is comprised of a representative of the Faculty Board, the President of the Education Board, a representative of each of the Faculty Departments, a representative of the Students' Association, and GAPsi. The Advisory Board collaborates with department representatives in this area, thus forming a large work group.
The Advisory Board has advisory, not decision-making, powers: established to monitor and follow up on the different issues that concern students with this status.
The Advisory Board for Students with Special Educational Needs aims to:
- Centralise information pertaining to students with Special Educational Needs;
- Assess what the specific needs of these students are;
- Negotiate solutions for problems that may emerge;
- Set up faster and more efficient communication channels between these students, academic staff, the Departments, the Faculty Board, and other Faculty services.
- Develop initiatives that may contribute towards improving these students' conditions at FCUL;
- Disseminate information useful to students and other FCUL bodies or agents;
- Provide support for disabled students;
- Support academic staff in the difficulties they face in framing and executing the goals envisaged in the Students with Special Educational Needs Statute;
- Help academic staff with other issues related to students with Special Educational Needs.
Students with Special Educational Needs - Special Statute
Students with Special Educational Needs have the right to inclusion in academic life and regulations are a way to guarantee the access to equal opportunities. At the lack of Ministerial specific legislation for Higher Education, FCUL published its internal regulation in 1999, being one of the first institutions of higher education to do so. Thirteen years later, on May 12, 2012 was published a regulation for all Lisbon University, as the result of joint work between the different schools of the university.
With the merger between University of Lisbon and Technical University of Lisbon, the current Regulation of Student with Special Educational Needs from University of Lisbon arises, published on 11 May 2016. This document is complemented by a specific regulation of the Faculty of Sciences, published on November 21, 2017.
- University of Lisbon Internal Regulation for Student with Special Educational Needs, approved by Ordinance No. 6255/2016 of 11 May.
- FCUL Internal Regulation for Student with Special Educational Needs, approved by Ordinance No. 10069/2017 of 21 November.
Scholarships for Students with a Disability Degree Equal to or Greater than 60%
Students with a disability equal to or greater than 60% may apply for a scholarship corresponding to the amount of the tuition fee. In order to obtain the scholarship, students must:
- Attest the degree of incapacity through a medical multipurpose certificate of disability;
- Having the tax situation regularized.
This scholarship is independent from normal scholarships awarded by the Social Services of the University of Lisbon. You can apply for both scholarships.
There is a workroom in the Central Library, Building C-4, specifically aimed at students with disabilities. It has some support furniture and equipment adapted to their needs. The equipment that is currently available for student use is as follows:
- One scanner;
- One A3 printer;
- One Braille Everest printer;
- Paper for Braille printer;
- 40 characters of Braille per line;
- Two CCTVs (text magnifier);
- One Page Turner;
- One programmable Trackball;
- One INPROMAN interface;
- Intellikeys Concept Keyboard;
- Three computers equipped with specific software for blind or visually impaired students (Screen Reader with Speech Synthesizer; Screen Magnifier; Overlay Marker; OCR; GRID);
- Terminals with internet access;
- Working tables.
In addition to this permanently installed equipment, FCUL has supported the purchase of complementary material for its students over the past few years. This includes Braille lines, laptop computers, hearing aids, audio recording devices, and wheelchairs.
Psychological and Educational Support
GAPsi’s main responsibility is psychological and learning support which is also provided to students with disabilities in an attempt to give a more targeted response to certain questions with some specificity, as a result of the students’ experience in an academic context.
Integration issues are also sometimes associated to entering higher education, with the change to a new place of study, the alteration of the networks of support created during secondary education, the increasing requirements at the level of study associated to less personalized learning, etc. In this case, GAPsi aims to intervene in order to promote student integration so that it is effective and satisfying.
Support Network for Students with Special Educational Needs
The Faculty of Sciences is one of the schools that integrate the Support Network for Students with Special Educational Needs - Lisbon University. The faculty works actively in the promotion of full success of ULisboa’s Students with Special Educational Needs, trought diffrent practices. Theses practices include: identifying, spreading and consolidating the “best practices”, sharing resources and improving the attendance conditions and the academic success of SEN students.
There is a site of this netwok (Support Network for Students with Special Educational Needs – Lisbon University), where you can get useful information and resources - http://redenee.ulisboa.pt.
GTAEDES - National working Group to support Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
The GTAEDES (National working Group to support Students with Disabilities in Higher Education) includes public higher education institutions and has the mission to provide a better service to students with disabilities; fostering closer links between services that help these students; facilitate the exchange of experiences; develop joint initiatives and sharing resources.