Disability Resources

We provide you with the support you need to help you enjoy to the fullest your study placement:

  • Support schemes can be put in place and can be re-assessed to match your needs as the year progresses.
  • These support plans are renewed every year.
  • The process is strictly confidential and voluntary.


Disability Resources

How We Can Support Our Special Achievers

  • a reduced course load,

  • extra-time or rest-breaks during exams,

  • alternative arrangements for work and deadlines,

  • permission to repeat a year without losing any acquired grades,

  • adapted courses and subjects (braille, large print or digital materials),

  • support for using campus services (library, catering, tutoring, note-taking, transport & accessibility, etc.),

  • loan of equipment and assistive technology for courses and exams (computer, adapted software, noise-cancelling headphones, dictaphone, etc.).

  • timetable arrangements,

  • support in contacting companies,

  • expert advice & interviews practice,

  • recognition of the status of disabled worker, etc.

In addition to general supprt services accessible to all university students on an equal basis, specific assistance arrangements are available to students with disabilities. Below is a non-exhaustive list of special arrangements that could be put in place.

Welfare support and accommodation

The Crous of Paris (regional student support services) offers a special support system for students with disabilities or who suffer from a disorder recognised by the Paris Centre for Disabled Persons (the Maison départementale des personnes handicapées, or MDPH). There is a specific procedure for applying for accommodation in a university residence, and a social assistant is ready to help you. 

Grants based on social criteria

Higher education grants based on social criteria are awarded depending on your financial means, course, and disability. 

Special financial aid

In the MDPH, the needs assessment is carried out by a multi-disciplinary team working with the Commission for the Right to Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (the Commission des droits à l'autonomie des personnes handicapées, or CDAPH). Depending on your income and level of disability, you may receive specific financial aid:

  • The Education Allowance for Children with Disabilities (the allocation d'éducation de l'enfant handicapé, or AEEH): parents residing in France who have a dependent or disabled child under the age of 20 can receive this allowance.

  • Disabled Adult Allowance (allocation adulte handicapé, or AAH): for people aged 20 and over.

  • Disability Compensation Benefit (prestation de compensation du handicap, or PCH).

  • Inclusion Mobility Cards (cartes mobilité inclusion, or CMI): these cover all the needs of a disabled person beyond human assistance.

Health and preventive medicine

To help you stay healthy, the psychologists at SUMPPS can see you, free of charge (with or without an appointment), at the SHSE offices for:

  • medical advice and certificates,
  • general consultations and sports medicine,
  • contraception and gynaecology,
  • speech therapy assessments,
  • nutrition and foot reflexology,
  • vaccinations, etc.

Adaptive sport or Parasport

Our teams are working together to make it easier for students with disabilities to do sport. There are numerous activities on offer.

University libraries

If you have specific access needs for Sorbonne University’s libraries and their services, there are library disability specialists to answer your questions. Students with disabilities have access in particular to preferential material lending conditions on request. The libraries also provide access to numerous online resources from either the on-campus computers, or remotely.


Crous catering is open to everyone. It provides balanced meals at low prices close to where you live.

Three steps to access these arrangements

    You can make an appointment to meet with a counsellor in our Disability Resources Centre (SHSE). He or she will help you draw up your Disabled Student Support Plan (plan d'accompagnement de l'étudiant handicapé, or PAEH). You can book an appointment in person, by phone or email (you can find our contact details in the « how to find us » section on this same page).

    You can make an appointment with a doctor from the University’s Health Division (the Service universitaire de médecine préventive et de promotion de la santé, or SUMPPS). You must have your medical records with you to prove that you need access to this arrangement (examination results, a letter from your doctor, a hospital report, an x-ray, a prescription, etc.).

    Your PAEH will be made official by the SHSE.


How to find us

The Disability Resources Centre (the Service handicap santé étudiant, or SHSE) works in close collaboration with the Student Health and Disability Services (the Relais handicap santé étudiant, or RHSE).

  • We are located on the Pierre et Marie Curie campus (Patio 22-33, Jussieu level).

  • We are open from Tuesday to Friday (9am-midday / 2pm- 5pm).

  • For help and guidance, you can also send us an Email