Studying with a disability

As a student at the University of Skövde, you have the right to high quality teaching and a good study environment. As such, here at the University there is a coordinator for students with disabilities whom you are welcome to contact in order to discuss your needs for pedagogical support.

News for the Spring semester 2019

Increase your reading speed by reading with your ears.

The speech synthesis software TorTalk is now available for download by any students who need it. With TorTalk, you have the opportunity to listen to all the text you see on the computer screen. Contact your Special Needs Coordinator, Virpi Westin, to get more information and an activation code for TorTalk.

What does pedagogical support for disabilities mean?

The idea behind the support is that students with disabilities should be able to study with the same ease as their fellow students. This support should directly compensate for difficulties that the disability may bring to studies and should primarily be seen as an aid to self-help. Many forms of support aim to give the student tools and opportunities to develop abilities - with the goal that the student should become as independent and successful as possible in their studies.

If you are temporarily injured or ill, you do not have a right to disability support, however you may still consult with the Special Needs Coordinator about the possibility of getting temporary support based on your needs.

What is a disability?

Disability: permanent physical, mental or intellectual limitation of a person’s functional capacity that as a consequence of injury or illness existed at birth, has arisen since then or can be expected to arise. (Discrimination Act, 2008: 567)

When should I apply for support?

If you need adjustments that take time to prepare, you should submit your application for support when you apply for studies at the University of Skövde. Otherwise, you should apply for support once you have been accepted to the University of Skövde. The processing time for an application can be up to 4 weeks, so apply well in advance of when you will need the support.

Please note that any disabilities must be supported by a certificate, investigation or similar documentation.

Application for special educational support

In order to take advantage of the support, you must make an application in the NAIS system. Along with the application, you will need to attach a certificate confirming that you have a permanent disability. Contact the Special Needs Coordinator if you are unable to apply for special educational support in NAIS.

Once we have received your application, we will contact you to book a personal meeting. If you prefer to book a meeting first and then send in the application, please send an email to

Submit your application by following this link. You will be redirected to another site.

A description of various pedagogical support measures can be found here.


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