Studying with a disability
with a disability
As a student or PhD student you can get help from the university if you have a disability. Under anti-discrimination laws you could have the right to support if you have a lasting physical, psychological or other limitation. As a student you have a right to be able to study on equal terms in a good study environment even if you have a disability.
New guidelines for Learning support due to the Coronavirus
Summer opening times: From July 4 until August 3 Learning Support is closed for vacation.
Learning support services offered remotely due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation
In accordance with the Vice-Chancellor’s guidelines, all staff at Learning Support will be working remotely until further notice. We are therefore not able to offer face-to-face meetings at the Student Centre on campus.
For questions, email the person you have previously been in contact with:
- Helene Setterberg (Coordinator)
- Jenny Eldh (Coordinator)
- Eunice Moon (Coordinator)
- Emily Harle (Coordinator)
- Jenny Brorsson (Mentorship Coordinator)
- Ingemar Pettersson (Writing Teacher)
- Petter Rasmusson (Administrative Assistant)
Please provide your telephone number in the email if you want us to call you back.
It is also possible to email us at email@example.com.
Live chat is available here every weekday 11.00-12.30. The chat will be closed during the summer June 19 - August 3.
Workshops, drop-in and meetings are cancelled or offered remotely
All of Learning Support’s drop-in have been cancelled until further notice.
Starting March 18, all meetings between mentors and mentees should be held digitally by using, for example, Skype, Zoom or e-mail.
Information to support persons
Since the reception desk at the Student Centre will be closed, time reports (time sheets) should be sent either by e-mail (as a PDF documents) or via regular mail to:
Att: Petter Rasmusson
205 06 Malmö
To get learning support you must
- be admitted to a course or programme at the University
- have a document certifying your disability
- apply for support
How to apply for support
When you have been admitted to a course or programme, you can apply by logging in to the Nais database using your computer identity. The application will ask you to describe your disability and how it affects your studies. The first time you apply you must also include a certificate verifying your disability and the disability should last at least 6 months.
Certificate verifying your disability
The certificate should verify your disability and be issued by a licensed healthcare professional such as a doctor, psychologist, audiologist or licensed dyslexia therapist. If you have not seen a healthcare professional for diagnosis, you can contact the healthcare service 1177 for more information on who to turn to. The certificate must include:
- your name and the name of the person/institution issuing the certificate
- the date of the investigation or the date you contacted the healthcare service provider
- how long you have had a disability or had medical contact
- how long the disability is expected to last
- how the disability affects you
What happens next?
After your application has been processed, you will be contacted by a member of staff who works with learning support.
After discussing your needs with one of our staff members, you will receive a NAIS-decision outlining the support offered, which you then present to your teacher. In some cases you can also download the NAIS-decision when you apply to take an examination.
Support during your studies
The most common forms of support are:
Notetaking support means that a classmate will be compensated for taking notes for you during lectures and scheduled seminars. You need to be present at the lectures and seminars where you will receive notetaking support. It is not possible to receive notetaking support for group work or recorded, web-based lectures.
The notes will be sent to you as soon as possible, either as hard copies or digitally. The person responsible for taking notes will go through them together with you and provide clarification if needed.
Your lecturers will assist you in finding someone to provide notetaking support, but you are also welcome to ask a classmate of your choosing.
Supervision support might mean getting extra supervision in connection with an internship or thesis work, or clarification regarding study tasks.
Lecture material in advance
To help you follow presentations, teachers can make lecture material available in advance. Talk to your teacher to get more information about whether this is possible for you.
A person to help you find your way around the University.
Audio and video recording during lectures
Students who have been granted learning support for disabilities have the right to record audio and video during lectures.
You may be entitled to help from a mentor, for example to plan and structure your studies. The support is structured around the individual students' needs.
Assistive software, speech synthesis and talking books
Your studies might be facilitated by various assistive software, such as spelling programmes, or speech synthesis programmes that reads text in word documents and on web pages. All students at the University, not just those who have been granted learning support, can download assistive software on their private computer free of charge. In addition, students with reading disabilities can turn to the library for access to audiobooks.
You can borrow technical equipment such as dictaphones, digital highlighters and smart pens from Learning Support.
If you need other forms of support
If you have a severe visual impairment, need a sign language interpreter, or if your teaching facilities need to be adapted, contact Learning Support before you start your studies to ensure that the support is in place for you as soon as possible. You may also apply for support once you have been accepted to your course or programme.
Become a mentor or support person
As a support person for a fellow student with a disability, you can provide notetaking, help out as a guide, mentor or study assistant.
How to apply
If you are interested, send a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us a bit about yourself and why you would like to be a support person. We will contact you for a meeting.
You will get paid for your work as a mentor and are expected to spend about an hour a week mentoring. We regularly offer (compensated) training courses for which you will receive a certificate.
Comments or complaints
Comments and complaints about the learning support service can be submitted to Katarina Fjellström.
Know your rights! Support for students with disabilities
According to the Swedish Discrimination Act, students with documented lasting disabilities have the right to special pedagogical and compensatory support if such a need exists. You can read more about your rights in the document titled The Rights and Responsibilities of Students at Malmö University.
Support measures may take the form of aids/specialist equipment, adapted literature, specially equipped computers, support staff and adapted examinations. Students are required to submit an application in order to have their needs assessed. The student will be notified of the decision to grant support, and is responsible for passing on the information to their teachers.
Teachers and examiners are required to consider the proposed measures in the decisions regarding adaptions to teaching and examinations, where decisions are reached pursuant to the Swedish Discrimination Act. However, the point of departure shall always be the intended learning outcomes stated in the course or study programme syllabus and adaptions shall be implemented in such a way that these outcomes can be examined. Examiners decide which adaptions are possible to make before examinations.
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