A University that cares about diversity and inclusiveness must also care about its disabled students and personnel. It is becoming more and more essential to promote a culture of diversity and, more specifically, a culture of disability, that allow for wide participation and mutual improvement, because disability is part of the human condition.
Disability includes a wide range of conditions and impairments that require diversified and long-term actions, also on the part of our university, to create a more efficient organization aiming at excellence that sees diversity as a valuable asset.
Bearing this in mind, the University of Trento is committed to remove all physical and social barriers to ensure the full participation of disabled people in every aspect of university life.
A number of services are already available for disabled students through the Inclusion Service, which operates in collaboration with Opera universitaria. More specifically, the Inclusion Service is designed for students with a disability or impairment and with specific learning disabilities.
The University is also committed to ensure equal opportunities for its (permanently or temporarily) disabled staff in teaching and research and with administrative and technical tasks through initiatives that will improve well-being in the working environment and facilitate employability and career advancement, as required by many national and supranational regulations in force, in a non-discriminatory way.
This approach calls for a better organization and an academic culture that recognize the value of human resources through a proper diversity management. In this new context, in order to benefit from the different abilities it is crucial to give staff appropriate tasks, to assess achievements taking into account the limitations resulting from impairments, to use working procedures inspired by inclusion. Proper training must be given to all managing staff and team leaders, including those in teaching and research.
To support its disabled staff, the University is considering the opportunity to establish a proper support service to collect advice from the personnel and solve structural and organizational problems, along the lines of the service that is already in place for the student community.
In conclusion, the University intends to build a network of collaborations with other universities and institutions (locally and at national and international level) to share services and best practices with the purpose, among other things, to improve the international mobility of its students and staff.