Initiative of University Students with Disabilities 3

Project Summary
Grantee : Association of Persons with Visual Impairments in Education
Purpose : Empowering university students with disabilities in legal remedy
Location : Turkey
Grant Amount : 142.000 TL
Project Partner : METU Without Barriers
Period : 15 July 2016 – 14 July 2017
Status : Completed
Project Year : 2016


Students with disabilities cannot enjoy the opportunities of universities on the same level as their non-disabled peers. There is a need for a system where students with disabilities can express their demands and raise their voice in universities.

Project Results

  • 28 university students with disabilities all around Turkey came together during the workshops in Ankara and İstanbul.
  • Participants attended workshops on how to analyze accessibility of their universities and how to support each other after the project.
  • After the workshops “The Initiative of University Students with Disabilities” is established. The Initiative aims to continue working on the problems faced by university students with disabilities.
  • Data on accessibility of universities was gathered from 11 different universities. In 6 universities students lobbied for accessibility.
  • The data gathered from different universities became a source for the “Recommendations for an Accessible University Booklet”.
  • In order to spot the light on the accessibility of universities a short movie was prepared titled “Barriers.”


“The first thing I learned was that problems must be solved with our involvement. They should be something we could produce and put into practice. I now claim that I need to exist with my rights.” Project Beneficiary

“When our project began yielding results, it made me think about the issue more and more. I constantly keep my dream of building a world without barriers alive with new project ideas.” Project Beneficiary


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