Services for students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
To ensure equal rights, education, and social integration within the university community, the University of Milan provides support services to students with specific learning disabilities.
Support services are granted for the entire duration of the student's academic career, including guidance, programme choice, admission tests and enrolment, up to graduation. We provide a range of customized services to be agreed upon request.
In the Laboratory Classroom of the Learning Disabilities Service, on via Festa del Perdono 3, computerized workstations are available upon reservation, with vocal synthesizers, printers, scanners, both for study and administration purposes.
Prospective students can request individual counselling when choosing a programme or before enrolment.
Early contact is highly recommended in order to gain a better knowledge of the programmes of interest.
The service is available throughout the year, excluding the period August-October. You can set an interview with the staff to get:
- all the information required for choosing a programme;
- an overview of learning disabilities services;
- information on admission procedures and the certificates to be submitted when applying for support and exemptions, as required by law;
In order to enrol and use learning disabilities services, you must submit a learning disabilities certificate, pursuant to Law 170/2010, issued by the National Health Service (SSN - Servizio Sanitario Nazionale), a private partner centre or a private specialist, along with a conformity statement by the local health authority (ASST - Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale).
If the applicant was a minor when the certificate was issued, documents older than three years will not be accepted.
If the applicant was of age at the time of issue, the certificate does not expire.
You can upload the certificate when registering for the admission test, specifying the support measures required (e.g. additional time, use of calculator, etc.), as indicated in the call for applications for each degree programme.
Please read the call carefully.
You can ask for:
- Additional time
- Support by a reading tutor during the test
- Non-scientific calculator
If you are admitted, you can complete enrolment procedures online, by uploading the certificate again. You will be automatically registered with the Learning Disabilities Service.
After starting enrolment procedures, you must make an appointment for an individual interview, to learn more about the service and how to apply.
The interviewer will assess your certificate and prepare a customized report specifying the support services to be provided.
You will be sent the report and may ask for any amendments. This will be the only document to be used for requesting support services and contacting teachers.
In order to arrange for special examination procedures, please send an email to your contact teacher specifying the support measures required, attaching the customized report agreed with your interviewer, and always copying in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available support services:
- Additional time
- Different examination procedure (WRITTEN – ORAL)
- Exams split in two or more sessions (please note EXAM TOPICS will remain UNCHANGED)
- Concept maps / formularies
- Non-scientific calculators
- PC (provided by the service)
- For written exams – READING TUTOR
You must email your contact teacher (copy to email@example.com) at least 10 days before the exam.
If you want to agree on different study and exam preparation methods, please submit your request as early as possible, preferably at the beginning of classes (e.g. for splitting an exam or using concept maps).
Students with learning disabilities can ask for tutoring on highly complex contents.
Tutors are selected by the Learning Disabilities Service through a public call. They may be Master's degree or doctoral students, research fellows or experts in the subject. The tutoring service is subject to resource availability and to service staff assessment based on the exam to be taken.
There are different forms of tutoring:
- individual tutoring
- group tutoring (by academic field or subject)
- thesis tutoring (bibliographic search and final paper formatting)
Moreover, group seminars on study methods are held regularly to illustrate key university study strategies.
Students with learning disabilities are entitled to special library loan services, including the preparation of texts in PDF format.
A link to the guidelines of the National University Conference of Delegates for Disabilities and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD), is below.
- New regulations on specific learning disabilities in schools (Law 170/2010)
- Agreement between the Government, Regions and Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano on “Indications for diagnosis and certification of diagnostics of specific learning disorders (SLD)”.