Studying without architectural barriers
Removing architectural barriers and ensuring that students with disabilities can enjoy their right to university education is how we guarantee their inclusion at Politecnico. Politecnico has a specific plan approved by its governing bodies to remove architectural barriers.
Students with disabilities can get:
- the support of a Student Tutor (a student who works to support peers with disabilities), chosen from the Register of Student Tutors (click here to apply). A Student Tutor can help with self-study and academic activities and provide support with administrative procedures;
- the support of specialized staff members through agreements between Politecnico and a variety of national organizations for the protection of people with disabilities (Italian Sign Language Interpreters);
- the use of customized computer tools created by specialized IT technicians (after the evaluation of each student's case) to be more independent.
- exemption from paying the tuition fees: students with disabilities with a certified disability rate > 66% can be exempted from paying the tuition fees (for more information: see the Tuition Fee Regulations);
- Special Needs Spaces: dedicated spaces are available for students with special needs, respectively:
- Special Needs rest room: room furnished with two orthopaedic beds for people with disabilities, access by reservation.
- Special Needs study room: study room with 14 seats, access by reservation.
- Island - Special Needs PC room: PC room with 4 seats, access by reservation.
Students need to get the approval of the Special Needs Unit before they can enjoy specific services. The Specil Needs Unit examines the specific needs of each student and proposes the most suitable intervention.
New students: complete the enrolment process and contact the Special Needs Unit by ticket for a preliminary interview. Please upload the certificate of disability / invalidity or "temporary difficulty" in .pdf format if not previously entered in the apply procedure.
Students already enrolled: enclose the certificate of disability / invalidity or "temporary difficulty" in .pdf format and send it by ticket to request an interview.
The Special Needs Unit can prepare an individual support plan after examining the needs of each student. The Special Needs Unit liaises with:
- the teaching staff of the Department
- the university staff in charge of:
- the assignment of a Student Tutor and the administrative procedures for tuition fee exemption and possible scholarships;
- developing special IT tools and/or computer aids to improve study opportunities;
- dealing with problems related to architectural barriers to solve accessibility issues;
- managing the access to reserved parking.
With regard to the use of compensatory/dispensatory measures during examinations, students are invited to inform the teaching staff directly, at least one week before the examination session, of the compensatory measures agreed with the Special Needs Unit and indicated by the Unit using the standard procedure, in order to allow the teacher to determine the most suitable measures for the specific type of examination.
Read the following documents to learn how to benefit from the support of the Special Needs Unit:
Vademecum for students with disability
The kind of support that we offer varies according to the needs of each applicant.
To obtain special arrangements to take the admission test, you must register to the Apply@polito platform, flag the "Disability" box in the personal data section and upload your certificate in .pdf format.
In case of difficulties, please contact the Special Needs Unit by ticket.
TIL Engineering / Design and Communication / Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning/ Professional degree in manufacturing technologies
- Additional time (normally 30% more)
- Calculator (non-programmable)
- Tutor support for PC operation / reader function
- Vocalising the test with ReadSpeaker (do the Test Simulation from the "Learning Material" section of the Apply@polito platform, in order to test the reader)
For tests taken in person at Politecnico, please remember to bring your personal calculator and headphones with USB port.
For practical reasons we can provide extra time only at a certain time of the day of the test. If you cannot take the test at that specific time, please contact the Special Needs Unit.
Please check the ministerial call for applications: additional time and calculator are normally guaranteed.
If you require the assistance of a tutor, please report it well in advance by ticket.
- L'Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti is pleased to announce its participation in the "Campus Internazionale sulla Comunicazione e l’Informatica per giovani ciechi e ipovedenti ICC 2023." Anyone who would like to participate can find the information at the following document.
- Notice of 05/09/2022: Bending Spoons, in partnership with the British non-profit Employability, is offering scholarships worth €10,000 each for students with disabilities interested in studying computer engineering: all information at: https://www.employ-ability.org.uk/students-and-universities/scholarships-mentorships/bending-spoons-scholarship/
Deadline for applications: Sunday 29 January 2023 at 23:59 GMT
- Università di Brescia, Announcement of competition for the awarding of 3 degree prizes to master's degree graduates, a.y. 20/21: premio di Laurea Goi De Giacomi Buttarelli. The application must be submitted by 1 p.m. on 9 September 2022
- Inclusion Job Day - Employment inclusion of people with disabilities: all live and fully online on the platform of Inclusion Job Day, the February 17, June 30 and October 27 editions of 2022
- Tutorial-Me Managing Disability: a platform created by Fondazione Allianz UMANA MENTE in collaboration with the Coordinamento degli Atenei Lombardi per la Disabilità (CALD), a tool and a place accessible to all and completely free of charge, characterised by a single mission: to promote the culture of disability.
- CUS Torino, Coronavirus Emergency, "I stay at home" campaign: suggestions from athletes with disabilities and not to miss training
- ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE (ETD): a project in which university students and young people with disabilities live together and share their living space
- AISM (Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla - Italian Association for Multiple Sclerosis): short presentation of the association; how to become an ambassador.
We want to support students during their entire educational path, even after graduation and until they find a job. Here you can find the links to the websites of the Local Authorities that deal with labour market inclusion of people with disabilities (Regione Piemonte, Città Metropolitana, Comune di Torino).
promotes labour market inclusion of people with disabilities through the initiatives of the Città Metropolitana.
- Law no. 68 of 12 March 1999 ("Norms for the right to work of people with disabilities ")
- Regional Law no. 34 of 2008 (“Norms to promote employment, working conditions, job safety and employment contracts”).
Città Metropolitana di Torino
Law no. 68 of 1999 (reform of job placement of people with disabilities) introduced the new principle of "targeted placement". The goal is to promote labour market inclusion of people with disabilities in jobs that are compatible with their health conditions and skills. At the same time, "targeted placement" aims to meet employers’ needs for a good placement of people with disabilities inside their organizations.
Under Law no. 68 of 1999, employers who are required to hire people with disabilities can enter into agreements with the Province of Torino and receive employment incentives.
More information is available at the dedicated webpage.
Comune di Torino
Passepartout is a service offered by the Municipality of Torino which organizes and runs activities for people with physical and motor disabilities. The service has three Units:
- Social Communication Unit - Editorial staff “Città Aperta” and “InformadisAbile”
- Socio-educational Unit
- Mobility Unit
All Units are committed to promoting active citizenship of people with physical-motor disabilities starting from providing updated and timely information as a tool for self-determination and social participation.
InformadisAbile is the project that promotes the initiatives organized by the Municipality of Torino for people with disabilities. The staff members of InformadisAbile welcome and guide citizens providing updated information on the following topics: municipal services, legislation, assistance, education, architectural barriers, aids, transport and mobility, work and training, living spaces, tourism, leisure, third sector, self-help/mutual-aid, conferences and events. The service is available over the phone, online and in person at a public counter.
InformadisAbile Front Desk Via Palazzo di Città, 11
Tel: 011.44.21.631 Fax: 011.44.21.613
Monday – Friday: 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. / 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Check this link (Lavoro e Orientamento) to learn more about the labour market.
The Special Needs Unit has supported many students over the years.
With each one of them we have shared projects, efforts, satisfaction, difficulties and positive results. Each student has built his/her own special path and has contributed to promote the growth of our support services.
For this reason, we have decided to make this web page available to all students. It is meant to be a space where you can share experiences and skills which hopefully will stimulate new ideas and projects.
To publish some contents on this page, please send us a ticket. The Special Needs Unit will examine the text to verify if it fits with the purposes of this page before publication, without judging the contents.
Please note that the author of the text will take full responsibility for what is written in the text. Any reference to programmes or products should not have promotional purposes, only showing personal experience.
This section collects some Study Guides built on the experience of students who have been supported by the Special Needs Unit.
The aim of these guides is to share tools to overcome critical issues that other students had to face during their academic path. Please note that any references to programmes or products do not have any promotional purpose, but they only reflect the individual point of view of the author.
Enjoy the reading!
- Enea Study Guide suggests strategies for students with upper limb motor impairment (arms)
- Roberto and Annalisa's guide is intended for students with visual impairmen