Students with disabilities and SLD
Students for students
Peer Tutors are senior students who make their experience available to support other students. If you are looking for study advice from a different perspective than that of the teacher, if you want to make the most of the opportunities offered by the University and develop more effective study habits write to [email protected]
DiversaMENTE Disability and Specific Learning Disorders
IULM University promotes the logic of integration: a lot can be done to reduce the difficulties arising from disabilities and, above all, it is necessary to change attitudes and look at diversity with different eyes: that is why diversaMENTE was created.
One of IULM University's priorities is to ensure that all students have equal access to culture and education. The activities of the diversaMENTE - Disability and DSA office are dedicated to this aim. In accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation (Law no. 17 of 28 January 1999 and Law no. 170 of 8 October 2010), the office's aim is to listen to the requests of the students concerned, collect their needs and then develop learning support strategies tailored to each case.
Thanks to a careful admission policy and the use of appropriate compensation mechanisms, the University guarantees that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their studies successfully.
The University's diversaMENTE service deals with issues relating to the disabilities of students enrolled at the University to guarantee their full inclusion and participation in university life: teaching, research, access to services and facilities.
The service works in close synergy with the Rector's Delegate for Inclusion and Disability.
Students wishing to use the support of the diversaMENTE service must have appropriate documentation, i.e. they must present at least one of the following valid documents:
- “VERBAL OF CIVIL INVALIDITY" according to Article 20 of Law No. 102 of 3 August 2009;
- "VERBAL OF HANDICAP ASSESSMENT" according to Law No. 104 of 5 February 1992;
Any other health document will be admitted only after evaluation by the Service Internal Commission.
Important: the delivery of disability certification or handicap assessment, for the sole purpose of the admission test, does not imply any acceptance by the diversaMENTE office.
Students should contact the office by writing to [email protected]
For info and appointment requests: [email protected] - 02.891412200.
Description of the Services
Incoming freshmen orientation
It is possible to make an appointment to support students in their choice of the degree course and in the initial phase of attending classes, providing them with useful information and strategies for embarking on their university journey.
The incoming reception service is the first point of contact with the student, where it is possible to ask for information on the various services offered by the University to students with disabilities, as well as orientation interviews for an informed choice of the degree course.
Fees and benefits
Students with a disability equal to or higher than 66% or with recognition of disability according to article 3, paragraph 1 and paragraph 3 of the law of 5 February may request exemption from payment of university fees by submitting an appropriate application to the diversaMENTE office.
The University reserves the right not to grant compensatory/dispensatory measures if the medical documentation submitted is out of date or not up to date.
During the test registration procedure, candidates with disabilities, in possession of “VERBAL OF CIVIL INVALIDITY" according to Article 20 of Law No. 102 of 3 August 2009; or a "VERBAL OF HANDICAP ASSESSMENT" according to Law No. 104 of 5 February 1992, may upload the documentation in PDF format.
This documentation must be valid and issued in accordance with the law.
To request compensatory/dispensatory measures, students must apply at least 7 days before the test takes place by sending an email to the diversaMENTE service at [email protected].
Any other health document will be admitted only after evaluation by the Service Internal Commission.
Important: the delivery of disability certification or handicap assessment, for the sole purpose of the admission test, DOES NOT IMPLY ANY ACCEPTANCE BY THE DIVERSAMENTE OFFICE. Students should contact the office by writing to [email protected].
Assistance with administrative procedures
The diversaMENTE service offers support for administrative procedures related to university careers, in collaboration with other University offices.
Computer and technological aids
The service has computer and technological aids available to students who request them for exams and study.
Didactic support with Peer Tutors
The diversaMENTE office implements support activities with peer tutors (Master's degree students) for students with disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) to eliminate or reduce obstacles in their university career.
for didactic mediation in relation to students' needs for attending courses and passing exams.
Digital texts for study
It is possible to ask for information about accessible texts.
Courses on study methods
The service organises courses on study methods in the first semester of the year.
The Counseling Service is available to the entire IULM student community to prevent and manage psychological problems that may be encountered during the university career.
Every year, IULM University provides financial benefits for the right to study, which are awarded by competition.
In case of disability equal to or higher than 66%, individual merit requirements are expected on the basis of the type of disability, which can deviate up to a maximum of 40% from the requirements set out in the call for applications.
Advisories for Scholarships
During the year, there will be advisories for scholarships awarded by external organisations to students with disabilities.
Census and monitoring of architectural accessibility
The diversaMENTE Office, in collaboration with the University's Maintenance Office, regularly monitors and eliminates any architectural barriers on campus.
Mobility orientation courses for blind students
The Service offers mobility orientation courses for blind students who need to memorise routes between buildings on campus to reach classrooms.
Moving around the Campus
Inside the IULM Residence there are 4 units reserved for the disabled with internet connection and satellite TV: wardrobe, desk, en-suite bathroom and centralised air conditioning.
On each floor there is also a "Coffee Corner", equipped with vending machines for snacks and drinks, and the necessary furniture for storing and eating food.
Internship & Placement
diversaMente, in collaboration with the Internship office, offers assistance in finding companies where it is possible to carry out the work experience required by the Degree Course; in evaluating offers; in preparing interviews and in defining the contract.
Law 68/99, "Rules for the right to work for people with disabilities", defines new procedures for the employment of people with disabilities, aiming to promote targeted placement and a new system based on different approaches, in order to achieve quality work placement.
There is also the possibility of placement for orphaned students, refugees, victims of terrorism and those treated as such, as per art. 18 law 68/99. Please contact us.
Erasmus+ for people with disabilities or special needs
The Erasmus+ Programme allocates funds each year to support the mobility of people with special needs, giving particular attention to mobile students and staff whose physical, mental or, more generally, health conditions are such that they cannot participate in the programme without additional funding for the extra costs incurred linked to support, accommodation and pedagogical and technical support services.
The following services may be eligible, according to individual needs: specific accommodation, travel assistance, medical presence, support equipment, adaptation of learning materials, accompanying persons, etc.
Lastly, we also recommend that you consult MappED!, the online tool developed by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which shows you the accessibility of the different Higher Education Institutions and their services to enable you to make informed choices about your mobility destination.
To request information and support in preparing your application and to apply for an Erasmus+ grant in addition to the study mobility contribution, please contact the Mobility Office.
Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 02 89141.2345/2383
Reduction in parking subscriptions
It is possible to apply for a discount on parking subscriptions by submitting an application, to be assessed, to the diversaMENTE office, attaching the following documents:
The applicant will receive confirmation of acceptance of the request by the diversaMENTE office.
SuperReading is a course that promotes the ability to read and understand text in a strategic way.
The method, developed in the United States and subsequently tested in Great Britain, has proved particularly effective for people with dyslexia.
The IULM University has translated and adapted the materials to the Italian context, starting an experiment that has involved 260 subjects, of which 143 are dyslexics and 117 are normolectors.
Given the excellent results obtained, IULM University has included SuperReading in its teaching offer, as a course of your choice that allows you to acquire 3 CFU.
Macciachini Monti Foundation - Call for applications 2021/2022
The Mario and Maria Luisa Macciachini Monti Foundation is announcing a call for applications for 5 annual non-renewable scholarships amounting to 9,000 (nine thousand) Euros each for the academic year 2021/22. The scholarships are intended for deserving university students, aged up to thirty years, resident in Lombardy, who are in difficult economic conditions aggravated by a situation of disability or neurodiversity. In particular, 2 scholarships are for students with visual or hearing disabilities, 2 scholarships are for students with neurodiversity in the area of specific learning disorders, 1 scholarship is for students with neurodiversity in the area of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Applications for admission to the competition must be written on unstamped paper and sent by registered mail with return receipt, and must reach the Fondazione Mario e Maria Luisa Macciachini Monti, Viale Lucania 26, 20159 Milan, by the deadline of 31 January 2022. The date of sending shall be the postmark. Alternatively, all documentation required for participation in the competition may be sent in digital format to the certified email address [email protected]
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