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Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

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Universities and university colleges are obliged to consider the special needs of students who have physical disabilities or for other reasons experience difficulties in following courses. The state higher education institutions are state agencies directly accountable to the Government and the Parliament. According to the annual governmental approval document the institutions shall reserve a certain part of the grants for aid to disabled students, and if doing involves higher costs HEI:s can apply for extra grants. 

Stockholm University has a special task to coordinate support to students with disabilities, including allocating resources for disability support to other universities and colleges. The funds are used to partially cover the costs of personal educational support to students in order to eliminate or decrease barriers for students with disabilities. The website www.studeramedfunktionshinder.nu (study with disability) provides information about issues related studies at HEI:s and disability. At most HEI:s there is a contact person and coordinator of educational support for students with disabilities. The “study with disability” website has all the coordinators’ contact details and links to all universities and colleges. The coordinators can discuss study plans, the potential need for educational support measures or adjustments to studies.

Definition of the target groups 

The below table shows the different groups of students with disabilities studying at swedish HEI:s 2014. Please note that the numbers only include students and postgraduate students who have been in contact with the coordinator for students with disabilities at one of the institutions of higher education , or who have come to the coordinator's knowledge through the teaching staff or counsellors at the departments.(http://www.studeramedfunktionshinder.nu/english/)

Women Men Numbers
Students with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties 3 940 2 005 5 945
Students with visual impairment 180 100 280
Students with mobility impairment 437 211 648
Deaf/sign language speaking students (with interpreting) 110 34 144
Students with learning difficulties/disabilities 1 781 1 289 3 070
Hard of hearing students
(without interpreting)*
135 61 196
Others 550 230 780
In all 7 133 3 930 11 063
Other students, graduates and postgraduates made known to the coordinators by teachers, counsellors and others consulting them 252 152 404
All in all 7 385 4 082 11 467


Specific support measures

The above explained funds reserved for disabled students should be used for special pedagogical support to individual students to compensate functional limitations arising from permanent functional disabilities. The funds are also used to cover additional costs for services intended to help disabled students.

Examples of often available services:

  • Literature
  • Lecturers
  • Additional assistance
  • Sign language interpretation
  • Interpretation of written text
  • Note-taking help
  • IT-support
  • Extra teaching and tuition
  • Alternative examination forms, such as: oral rather than written exams (or vice versa) and extended time for exams
  • Mentors

Examples of services that are not within the responsibility of the universities and other higher education institutions in Sweden are personal assistance, medical attendance or transports (for example between the university campus and the place of stay).

The national university aptitude test (a national test used for admissions to bachelor programmes in higher education) is provided in two special versions for those with serious visual impairments, in Braille and on electronics. People with mild visual impairments or with dyslexia are allowed extra time to complete the test.

Ordinance for higher education (Högskoleförordningen - SFS 1993:100) 
Higher Education Act (Högskolelagen - SFS 1992:1434)
Law on service and support to certain people with disabilities (Lag om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade, SFS 1993:387)

http://www.studeramedfunktionshinder.nu/english/