Studies and disability

Are you someone with a disability who is studying at the University of Lausanne?

The University of Lausanne will examine your individual situation as a student with a disability on a case-by-case basis, based on a medical certificate. A dedicated person has been appointed in each faculty to assess your specific needs with you and the arrangements that can be put in place for your exams.

What does the definition “with a disability” cover?

There are multiple forms of visible and invisible disability, such as:

  • Physical disability: reduced mobility, hearing difficulties, deafness, visual impairment, blindness, cerebral palsy, etc
  • Chronic disabling conditions and pain, narcolepsy, the consequences of a stroke, etc.
  • Mental illnesses: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, neuroses, psychoses, phobias, post-traumatic shock, etc
  • Learning difficulties: dyslexia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, etc.
  • Speech and communications disorders: stuttering, etc.
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD) with or without hyperactivity, and hyperactivity

According to the Swiss Disability Discrimination Act (LHand), art. 4, para. 1: “A person with a disability is a person who, due to a physical, mental or psychological impairment which is likely to be permanent, finds it difficult or is unable to carry out everyday tasks, cultivate social contacts, move around, obtain education or training, or work”.


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