Support measures - sorted by disability

Deaf students and students with impaired hearing

It is always a good idea to discuss your support needs with the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities to ensure that you receive the best possible support. You will then work together to produce a certificate detailing the recommended support for your studies, which you can show your teachers or other staff when necessary.

People who are deaf or have impaired hearing who need a sign language interpreter should notify Karolinska Institutet of this in good time, preferably a term in advance or at the latest when applying to the university. Long-term planning is essential as there is a lack of qualified sign language interpreters in the country.

Some technical equipment is supplied through the county council and the hearing clinic in each region. This equipment often has to be adapted for the individual, which is why it is a good idea for you to contact them as early as possible.

Common forms of support for deaf/hearing-impaired students

  • Alternative exams
  • Note-taking help
  • Hearing aids
  • Copying
  • Academic Writing Lab
  • Special Needs Rooms at Campus Solna and Campus Huddinge
  • Extra teaching/tuition
  • Sign language interpreter

Students with visual impairment

It is always a good idea to discuss your support needs with the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities to ensure that you receive the best possible support. You will then work together to produce a certificate detailing the recommended support for your studies, which you can show your teachers or other staff when necessary.

Support has to be adapted to meet the needs of the individual, as there are many different forms of visual impairment; from students with severe visual impairment to students with residual vision, tunnel vision or other visual impairments.

If you use the Transport Service for the Disabled (Färdtjänst) to and from KI during your studies, you have the right to travel more than normal. You will usually have to have a certificate showing that you have been accepted onto a course and the amount of travel you will require. You will have to give your name and address to your municipal contact person at the Transport Service for the Disabled.

Finding your way around the Solna Campus and the Huddinge Campus of KI

It is a good idea to contact the visual centre in good time before you start your studies to learn how to find your way around KI. It will make life easier for you if you can learn to find the most important buildings and areas, such as the routes to and from the lecture halls, the library, cafes and restaurants, etc. You can ask for Personal Assistance if you find it difficult to locate these things by yourself.

The contact person for the Special Needs Room in the library can help you with training and support for the technical equipment. In special circumstances, you can also have support at home for the library's databases, etc.

Common forms of support for students with visual impairment:

  • Alternative exams
  • Note-taking help
  • Special Needs Rooms at Campus Solna and Campus Huddinge
  • Extra teaching/tuition
  • Adapted course materials
  • Reading and studying techniques
  • Copying

Students with reading and writing difficulties/dyslexia

It is always a good idea to discuss your support needs with the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities to ensure that you receive the best possible support. You will then work together to produce a certificate detailing the recommended support for your studies, which you can show your teachers or other staff when necessary. There are different forms of reading and writing difficulties, so the kind of support you receive will differ.

Common forms of support for students with reading and writing difficulties/dyslexia

  • Alternative exam
  • Note-taking help
  • Copying
  • Adapted course materials
  • Reading and studying techniques
  • Special Needs Rooms at Campus Solna and Campus Huddinge
  • Extra teaching/tuition

Students with impaired mobility

It is always a good idea to discuss your support needs with the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities to ensure that you receive the best possible support. You will then work together to produce a certificate detailing the recommended support for your studies, which you can show your teachers or other staff when necessary.

If you use a wheelchair, you should always check where your department is on campus, so you can become familiar with the environment and find your way around any problem areas. You may find that accessibility is often not satisfactory for listed buildings. There is parking for the disabled for all buildings.

If you use the Transport Service for the Disabled (färdtjänst) to and from KI during your studies, you have the right to travel more than normal. You will normally have to have a certificate showing that you have been accepted onto the course and the amount of travel you will need. Contact the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities.

The person in charge of the Special Needs Room in the library will train you how to use the computer equipment. You can also see whether your own portable equipment is compatible.

Common forms of support for students with impaired mobility:

  • Alternative exam
  • Note-taking help
  • Copying
  • Adapted course materials
  • Personal assistance/representative
  • Special Needs Room at Campus Solna and Campus Huddinge

Students with allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, narcolepsy, rheumatism, MS, cerebral palsy, neuropsychiatric conditions etc.

It is always a good idea to discuss your support needs with the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities to ensure that you receive the best possible support. You will then work together to produce a certificate detailing the recommended support for your studies, which you can show your teachers or other staff when necessary. You should understand that teachers and examiners do not always understand how your disability affects you in reality, particularly if it is a hidden disability. It is a good idea for you to introduce yourself to the teachers at the beginning of the course to explain the problems your disability might cause to your studies, which will give the teachers the chance to take these into account.

The examiner is always the person who decides whether the recommended support measures can be followed for a particular exam.

With certain disabilities, such as rheumatism, the sufferer may be much worse during certain periods of time than others and might not be able to attend classes. If a bad episode lasts for a long period of time and affects your studies, you should always discuss this with your student counsellor at the department for more advice.

Common forms of support for the disabilities listed above:

  • Alternative exam
  • Note-taking help
  • Extra tuition
  • Copying
  • Adapted course materials
  • Personal assistance
  • Special Needs Rooms at Campus Solna and Campus Huddinge
  • Adapted course materials
  • Reading and studying techniques
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