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The Disability Support Service (Relais Handicap Santé), part of the Student Life Department, is dedicated to assisting and supporting students with disabilities or health problems.  This falls within the university's obligation to meeting, on the one hand, the objectives of the Act on 'the equality of rights and opportunities, the participation and citizenship of disabled people' of the 11 February 2005 and, on the other, the commitments set down in the University Disability Charter, jointly signed by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MESR; Ministère de l’Education Nationale de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche), the Ministry of Labour, Labour Relations and Solidarity (MTRSS; Ministère du travail, des Relations sociales et de la Solidarité) and the Committee of university chancellors (CPU; Conférence des Présidents d’Université).

To achieve this, the service assists students in partnership with the various other university services (registrar's office, medical service, academic teams, etc.) and external services (CROUS, MDPH (Maison départementale des personnes handicapées; Département Office for Disabled People), etc.) and helps students develop a study plan that is in line with their career plans.  The personalised analysis of students' needs within their selected course is carried out by the service and in partnership with the academic teams.  Technical and/or human provisions (note taking, support lessons, etc.) will be arranged by the service and modified, where necessary during the year, according to the student's needs.  All exams and related provisions are, on the decision of the Chancellor, organised and managed by the service.  Lastly, the service has developed an initiative to facilitate the transition to work for these students.

To date, the Disability Support Service has assisted all students that have so requested and regardless of their disability (motor, sensory or psychological disability, disabling illness or temporary disability).  In the 2007/2008 academic year there were approximately 200 students on various courses throughout the university.


The Disability Support Service's mission falls within the scope of the policy defined by the Ministry of Education and that defined by UPMC in 1973.  
Its work is based around general and individual student support and around a close collaboration between the support services and local specialists (departments, registrar's office, CIO, SUMPPS, social services, CROUS, etc.).  The Disability Support Service is the interface between these various bodies.  Nevertheless, this assistance can only be given with the support and help of the student who is the driving force behind their own plans.


Through personalised assistance and support, the student will find information and help to organise and properly follow their studies.  They will find a team that is able to help them define their study, life and career plans.