For Persons with Special Needs

Mykolas Romeris University creates conditions for everyone who wants to study and seek knowledge. The University contributes to increasing the accessibility of studies for people with special needs by creating favorable study conditions.

MRU is a socially responsible institution with a strong focus on ensuring appropriate study conditions. The university takes care of each student, with a special focus on identifying their special needs and individualizing the study process and improving the environment.

Through the activities of the Psychological Support operating at the University, the mental health and well-being of students and employees is improved, and free consultations are provided.

 

Organization of Studies. Studies Environment

Academic Affairs Centre is responsible for individualized organization of studies taking into account the information provided to the University by students with special needs and the specific personal needs expressed.

Common Areas of the University Tailored to Your Needs

The central building of the University is perfectly tailored to meet requirements of persons with special needs – there is a parking lot next to the University to park cars. The entrances to the University are equipped with ramps, which automatically open the entrance door of the building. A person in a wheelchair can enter the building independently without the help of others. Lifts are installed in the Central building and the adjoining building. The 4-story building has an elevator for easy movement between the floors. There are no obstacles to moving around within the University – auditoriums, conference halls, library reading rooms, toilets (adapted to the needs of persons with special needs on the second, third and fourth floors of the building) and also other places accessible by wheelchair that can be reached independently.

The Library

The MRU Library is well-equipped and adapted for persons with special needs – it is equipped with lifts that help those in wheelchairs to easily get to reading rooms and other Library premises. Using compensatory equipment for persons with special needs, computerized workplaces have been set up on the lower level of the Library. Those who are visually impaired can use workplaces equipped with the stationary electronic image magnifier TOPAZ XL XD 24, which has artificial lighting and a video camera that allows you to enlarge the text on the screen to the required size, to select the right color combination and adjust the required contrast. This machine magnifies the readable text from 2 to 50 times.

The availability of services for people who cannot read plain text is increased by participating in the project, “MoBiLait: Opening Learning Opportunities for People Who Can Not Read Plain Printed Text Through the Lithuanian Library Network,” which is coordinated by the Lithuanian Library for the Blind (LAB). Information services for persons with special needs are organized and  publications necessary for self-education and studies are provided.

The University Library’s Grand Reading Room (Room I-04) has 6 work stations (2 of which are computerized) for users with visual and mobility impairments:

  • specialized ergonomic chair with height adjustment of armrests, vertical tilt, support tilt angle;
  • specialized height-adjustable table;
  • 3 specialized height-adjustable push-in and angle tables;
  • Braille printer BRAILLE EMBOSSER EVEREST-D V4 with acoustic cabinet;
  • TOPAX XL XD 24 stationary electronic image magnifier for on-screen display enlarged written or printed text.

Workplaces have:

  • JAWS 14 for Windows – software that analyzes information on the screen and transmits it to a speech synthesizer that converts text to audio;
  • Win Taker Voice 1.6 – a program that transmits information on the computer screen to a user in Lithuanian language;
  • SuperNova Magnifier 13.03 – a program for enlarging all or part of the information displayed on the computer screen.
  • Readers can also use the electronic Braille device E-SYS 1.04.

Financial support

TARGETED BENEFIT

Students studying in an institution of higher education in Lithuania with special needs can receive specific payouts to cover expenses relating to studies. The payouts are for students in a specific studies cycle studying for the first time who have a 45% or less level of working capacity and who do not have any academic debts or penalties issued by the higher education institution. More information in the State Studies Foundation’s page.

SOCIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The State Studies Foundation social scholarship (253,5 Eur/month) can be awarded to students of all institutions of higher education in 1st, 2nd, 3rd cycles of studies, full-time or professional studies students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • are one of the cohabiting persons or single cohabiting persons entitled to receive or receiving social benefits in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Monetary Social Assistance to Deprived Residents;
  • has a level of working capacity of 45% or less or a severe or moderate level of disability determined in accordance with the procedure established by legal acts;
  • are not older than 25 years of age and have been placed under guardianship (care) before reaching full maturity in accordance with the procedure established by Law or their parents (having had only a single parent) have died.

MRU SOCIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Due to a difficult financial situation, death of relatives, illness, natural disaster and other special cases, a student may be awarded a MRU Social Scholarship (from hereon – Scholarship). Students wishing to receive the Scholarship must by Sept. 14th of the fall semester, and Feb. 14th of the spring semester submit a request to the head of the academic unit indicating the purpose for which the Scholarship is required: to pay tuition fees or for living in the Student House or living expenses. If the Scholarship is for living expenses, then the student submits his/her bank account details. The student must submit all of the following documents with the application:

  • certificate attesting to the composition of the student’s family;
  • a certificate about the student’s insured income for the last 3 months or a certificate of unemployment;
  • a certificate from the Board of the State Social Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor about the insured income received by the student’s parents (guardians) or spouse for the last 3 months or a certificate indicating unemployment;
  • other documents that are relevant to the application.

Additional financial aid for selected students for Erasmus+ studies or a traineeship abroad. Students who have participated in the competition and are selected to go on an Erasmus + study or traineeship abroad have the opportunity to receive additional funding to cover the costs related to their disability or special needs during their Erasmus + traineeship or study abroad. The application for additional support is submitted to the Education Exchange Support Fund no later than 1 month before departure.

Contacts

If you have any question, please contact:
Aušra Jasiulienė
Vice-Rector’s adviser
Office: C-I-206.
Tel. +370 5 271 4539
E-mail: askab@mruni.eu

For questions on financial matters contact:
Kazė Vaškelytė
Finance Office Accountant
Office: C-V-028.
Tel. +370 5 271 4577
E-mail: kvaskelyte@mruni.eu