Why ExchangeAbility

Going to study abroad for a period of time can be challenging for young people, as they are facing an unfamiliar environment, a new language and culture to name but a few things. In addition, it can be even more difficult for students with disabilities who may face inaccessible environments or disability-related stereotypes. As recognition of such challenges, ESN developed the ExchangeAbility project to make our organisation accessible for students with disabilities, to help remove obstacles to participation in exchange and promote the opportunities available. Further down on this page you can find contact details to disability organisations in Sweden.

 

Aims of the project

The project has dual aims that can be summarized as:

  • Making ESN a more accessible association for students with disabilities at all levels of its activities. This means that ESN wants to provide the conditions and opportunities for the students with disabilities to actively be involved in the work with international students and therefore to benefit from the exchange programs at their home universities.
  • Increasing the number of students with disabilities going on exchange. The long-term vision of the project is to promote the opportunities and support offered for students with disabilities to study abroad.  Also, ExchangeAbility works with ESN sections, HEIs and organizations that are experts in the field to create the best conditions possible for students with disabilities during their stay abroad.

You can find more information about ExchangeAbility on the official ExchangeAbility website.

 

Contact details to disability organisations in Sweden

We in ESN want to help you to easier get in touch with disability organisations if you have any access needs. Below you can find contact details to national disability organisations. If you want to contact a local organisation they are more than happy to guide and help you to get in touch with them.

 

DHR Förbundet för ett samhälle utan rörelsehinder

DHR is an organiation for people with impaired mobility.

Phone number: 08-685 80 00

Email: [email protected]

Web page: official DHR website

Address: DHR, Storforsplan 44, 123 21 Farsta

 

Synskadades Riksförbund (SRF)

Synskadades Riksförbund is an organisation for people with visual impairment.

Phone number: 08-39 90 00

Email: [email protected]

Web page: SRF website

Address: Synskadades Riksförbund, Sandsborgsvägen 52, 122 88 Enskede

 

Hörselskadades Riksförbund (HRF)

Hörselskadades riksförbund is an organisation for people with hearing impairment.

Phone number: 08-457 55 00

Email: [email protected]  

Web page: HRF website

Address: Gävlegatan 16, 113 30 Stockholm

 

Nationell Samverkan för Psykisk Hälsa (NSPH)

Naionell Samverkan för Psykisk Hälsa is a network of organisations working with mental illness.

Phone number: 08-120 480 40

Email: [email protected]   

Web page: NSPH website

Address: Nationell Samverkan för Psykisk Hälsa, Tjurhornsgränd 6, 5 tr. 121 63 Johanneshov

 

Ungdomsmottagningen (UMO)

Ungdomsmottagningen is a Youth Guidance Center, you can go there if have questions about your body, sex or birth control until you are between 20 and 25 years old (depending on where in Sweden you are living). You can also visit the clinic if you are anxious or depressed and need someone to talk to you.  

Web page:  UMO website (in English)

Address/email: You can find your closest Youth Guidance Center and contact details on their official website (unfortunately only in Swedish).

Other places you can visit:

  • A health clinic (vårdcentral).
  • Student health care (Studenthälsan) at your university.
A photo of Lena Graungaard Lindahl smiling into the camera with a blue ESN hoodie on

Lena Graungaard Lindahl
National ExchangeAbility Coordinator Sweden

You can always contact your local Erasmus Student Network section if you need help or have any questions. You can also get I touch with Sweden’s National ExchangeAbility Coordinator Lena Graungaard Lindahl. She can help and guide you with whatever questions or concerns you may have. If you have suggestions or opinions on how we can develop our organisation to become more accessible and inclusive, you are more than welcome to contact her too.

Phone number: 073-3967879

Email: [email protected]

 

Let’s make Europe and beyond inclusive and accessible!