Students with Special Educational Needs

Information for students with special educational needs

The whole Charles University seeks to enable all students comparable conditions for study and therefore it offers various types of support to students with special educational needs, i.e. to those who, due to a congenital or acquired health conditions, requires modification of study conditions for the purpose of the successful study.

Contact person for English speaking students with special needs

Mgr. Denisa Šmejkalová

E-mail: denisa.smejkalova@fsv.cuni.cz

Tel.: 222 112 237

Room: 205 (Hollar building, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1)

Who is considered a student with special educational needs?

A student with special educational needs is a student with vision, hearing and mobility impairments, specific learning disorders, chronic illnesses or complaint, psychological disorders, impaired ability to communicate and combined disabilities.

What are the main types of support?

  • Assistance during study
  • Digitalization of study texts
  • Interpreting, transcription and recording services
  • Copying services
  • Time compensation in examinations
  • Individual tuition
  • Loan of aids
  • Special information and counselling services

All these services are provided free of charge to students registered at the Faculty of Social Sciences as “students with special educational needs” and on the basis of the student's type of disability.

What should you do to be registered as a student with special educational needs?

A student may be registered when all of the following conditions have been fulfilled:

1) Granting of informed consent by the student – the student grants his/her consent that the data on his/her health condition can be registered by the university. 

2) Receipt of confirmation of the student´s disability

a) documentation of disability pursuant to Section 67 of Act no. 435/2004 Coll., the Employment Act, or

b) documentation of invalidity of any degree pursuant to Section 39 of Act no. 155/1995 Coll., the Pensions Act or

c) ID card for disability of any degree pursuant to Section 34 of Act no. 329/2011 Coll., on the provision of benefits to persons with a disability, or

d) documentation of specific learning disorder found on the basis of generally agreed  results  in generally agreed psychometric tests, or

e) medical report on the results of a specialist medical examination in the case of persons with mental illness or with a chronic somatic illness, in the event that they are unable to produce the documents listed above

3) Functional diagnosis

Functional diagnosis takes the form of an interview carried out by specialist centres authorised for this task. Its purpose is to identify the needs of the student and subsequently propose suitable mechanisms and modifications to the conditions of study in order to meet or compensate for these needs. A written record is made of the functional diagnosis, which then forms part of the student´s records as kept by the department. The student also receives a copy.  

Why is it important to be registered as a student with special educational needs?

The registration is your right, not an obligation. You may come to a conclusion that you will attempt to pursue your studies with no modifications. Nevertheless, as you cannot be fully acquainted with all the study requirements and potential risks in advance, it is strongly recommended to undergo the registration process, since only a student who is registered as a student with special educational needs can make use of the services and support offered. 

If you do not encounter any insurmountable obstacle in the course of your studies, you do not need to claim any modifications at all. On the other hand, when a problem emerges and it is found that a student has refused the registration before, he/she should expect that as a result, his/her access to the modifications will be significantly more difficult.

Data gathered during student documentation is treated as confidential, sensitive information. The circle of faculty staff with an access to all the information is very limited (the contact person for students with special educational needs, the respective student services officer, the vice-dean for study affairs). Other persons (primarily teachers) can access the outputs of the diagnostics, only if a student approaches them with the request for a modification.

Who should you contact?

If you are interested in being registered as a student with special educational needs, please arrange an appointment (preferably by e-mail) with Mgr. Denisa Šmejkalová (denisa.smejkalova@fsv.cuni.cz), the contact person for special-needs students, who will willingly explain you all the steps, which need to be done in order to be registered and to make use of services designated for special-needs students.

The contact person is also the key contact for students when arranging the modification of conditions for study.  It is recommended to stay in contact with the contact person during the whole period of study so that any occurring problems can be responded before they negatively affect the course of studies.

Psychological Counselling Centre for International Students of Charles University

Psychological Counselling Centre provides quality services to help get you through the challenges that you may face in emotional, interpersonal, and academic/career-choice situations.

Address: Školská 13A, Praha 1

Opening hours: Monday 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM

To arrange an appointment, please contact the psychologist Mgr. Milan Polák (counsel@ruk.cuni.cz).