WPUT will receive over PLN 4 million to increase accessibility for disabled students 28.11.2019 13:39

The National Centre for Research and Development will co-finance 85 projects that will increase access to universities for people with disabilities. The WPUT "Niwelowanie barier w dostępie do edukacji - dostosowani bez zarZUTów" was ranked 8th.

The competition is one of the efforts of the government's "Accessibility Plus" Program. Its goal is to remove barriers to access to higher education. The total amount of funding for all projects is over PLN 300 million.

Thanks to the funds allocated, it will be possible to introduce organizational changes at our university. An office supporting people with disabilities will soon be created. We are also planning further actions in architectural adjustments, among others, an elevator will be built at one of the faculties. Through specialized training, we will raise the awareness and competence of staff, which will translate into an increase in the availability of educational offer for people with disabilities - said PhD Eng. Dominika Plust, representative for disabled students and doctoral students.

The "Accessible University" program is financed from European Funds – Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development (PO WER). Planned budget of the program was PLN 200 million, but in the end - thanks to the high quality of submitted projects was increased by over PLN 121 million, so that all applications recommended for co-financing would receive funds - we read in the NCBR's announcement.

Universities could submit their projects under one of three paths - mini, midi or maxi, depending on the stage of advancement of accessibility activities and the maximum amount requested.