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Academic Support &
Accessibility Unit for Students with Disability
Athens School of Fine Arts
Head; Ourania Anastasiadou
Contact Phones: 697 9921655, 210 3646069
Office: 210 4801306
e-mail: anasta@otenet.gr






Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability of the Athens School of Fine Arts
Head: Ourania Anastasiadou, Adv.Med
Unit’s Office: 256 Peiraios Street, P.C. 18233 Agios I. Rentis

In accordance with the ministerial decision, students with disability enroll in the Visual Arts Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts at a percentage of 5% (on the enrolled students) following exams governed by specific provisions. For their equal education, there is an Academic Support and Accessibility Unit for Students with Disability at the Athens School of Fine Arts, as a welcome, information and academic support service for students with disability or chronic diseases.

Mission of the Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability

The Mission of the Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability is to provide universal accessibility services to the educational material, facilitate accessibility to the information relating to the promotion of the students’ and graduates’ artistic work as well as the development of good practices for its implementation.

The Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability develops the networking and co-operations providing consultancy services and facilitating solutions responding to the academic needs of students/ graduates with disability or severe disease, preventing their isolation.

The Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability mediates between students/graduates and the academic community members, provided this is required by the student/graduate. It informs the academic community members about the skills and specialized needs of each student emphasizing their abilities and not disadvantages. It offers Greek sign language interpretation services for the needs of the deaf/ hard-of-hearing students of the Athens School of Fine Arts during their studies and also for the promotion of the graduates’ artistic work. It also offers interpretation and consultancy services in the search for postgraduate studies of graduates with disability.

The Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability develops research work via workshops with the students/graduates and through networking with other cooperating bodies, creating a platform of substantial discussions and exchange of modern ideas on Art, accessibility and cultural identity of students with disability.

In the framework of equal access to artistic events, the Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability organises a variety of actions aiming at the full integration of students/ graduates with disability, such as educational trips, visits to periodic exhibitions and permanent collections of Museums and art galleries, participation in training lectures, conferences/ meetings or seminars and attending theater plays and performances.

The main care of the people cooperating with the operation of the Unit is the personalized support of students and graduates with disability or chronic/ severe disease. The Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability tries to develop empowerment practices for the students’/graduates’ emancipation in the context of an educational policy beyond the stereotype ideas on disability.

Note:

In the framework of the long-time operation of the Academic Support & Accessibility Unit of Students with Disability a big change was observed in the students/ graduates’ requests. While the Unit initially started supporting mainly the needs of undergraduate deaf students of the Athens School of Fine Arts, the population gradually included other disabilities and/or chronic diseases and students with learning difficulties. Students with mental conditions were added in the last two years. It is noted that academic and not psychological support services are offered, and specialized education strategies are developed depending on the student’s learning difficulties and in close cooperation with them.

The general services provided for students/ graduates with disability / chronic diseases / learning difficulties are presented below as well as the actions developed per month starting from previous academic years to date. The daily personalized academic or other services offered to each student or graduate to complete their studies are not mentioned.

General Academic/ Consultancy/ Support Services for Students/ Graduates with Disability/ Chronic Diseases
1 Consultancy for postgraduate studies, support in the application procedure Monitoring and supervising the postgraduate program, academic support, scholarships, support in the scholarship application procedure, portfolio creation
2 Coordination for thesis presentation, meetings with the professors responsible for the supervision and organisation of the theses.
3 Visual arts contests, preparation of candidacies: information, support, procedural matters, application, etc
4 Organisation of Sponsorships for actions with students/ graduates with disability / chronic diseases
5 Accessible textbooks / notes in the Greek Sign Language for deaf students and in Braille for blind students of both departments of the Athens School of Fine Arts
6 Participation of the students with disability in Art Festivals, Biennale etc
7 Support of students / graduates with disability / chronic diseases in their participation in group exhibitions or the organisation of solo exhibitions
8 Selection and organisation of participation of students with disability in theater plays, search for sponsorships
9 Support of students/ graduates with disability / chronic diseases in their communication with the administrative and secretariat services of the Athens School of Fine Arts, if requested. Learning procedures and support in crisis management
10 Consultancy of the parents (families) of students / graduates and candidates with disability / chronic diseases to be enrolled in the Athens School of Fine Arts
11 Greek Sign Language interpretation in theoretical courses, workshops and the elective Compulsory Workshop Courses
12 Support in solving labour problems of graduates with disability, consultancy, support in academic labour obligations, skill learning Consultancy in crisis management in the workplace
13 Dispatch of announcements to students and graduates with disability and chronic diseases and their explanation Wherever required, video call for clarifications in the Greek Sign Language
14 Coordination of visits to exhibitions/ exhibitions’ openings
15 Organisation of visual arts projects, workshops
16 Coordination of participation in conferences, meetings
17 Supervision and correction of written works, teaching of writing literature references & research methodology to enrolled students governed by special provisions, students with dyslexia, learning difficulties, ADHD and mental diseases
18 Educational seminars for first-year students with disability on the operation and services of the Athens School of Fine Arts library and academic/ technical support in the use of the library for students with disability/ learning difficulties etc.
19 Support for the organisation of Exhibitions of Graduates with disability and cooperation with the curators and the head of the Athens School of Fine Arts Gallery
20 Teaching Visual Arts Terms in the Greek Sign Language to deaf students of the Athens School of Fine Arts, Interpretation Creation of Concepts relevant to the Visual Arts Terminology
21 Acceptance of requests of students with disability from other Schools of Fine Arts in Greece in the framework of the Unit’s horizontal actions Furthermore, communication with other educational bodies or cultural organisations about matters relevant to disability
22 Operation of the Unit as a pole of information for parents, candidates for the Athens School of Fine Arts and others Also operation as a scientific pole for students in Greece that prepare undergraduate or graduate works on students with disability
23 Transit Services
24 Volunteer Support Service based on volunteering students for matters related to the studies of students with disability during an academic semester In the current phase, this service includes writing notes and providing information about professors’ / workshops’ announcements
25 Welcome and support of students with disability in the framework of the Erasmus program Preparation of the students of the Athens School of Fine Arts, support in acquiring skills or academic qualifications Distance systematic support for reception institutes Communication with the Accessibility Units
26 Support in the traineeship in the public or private sector in Greece or abroad, in an equal way with any other student

Contact

Pireos 256
zip code: 18233
Agios Ioannis Rentis

210 48 01 260