Embracing all talents

The Université de Lyon was one of the first Communities of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ComUE) in France to create a Disability Team (Mission Handicap).

The Université de Lyon works in complementarity with the disability teams and officers in its institutions by promoting their welcome policy for disabled students, getting involved in interdisciplinary projects, interfacing with external partners and creating common tools.

Since 2005, the Université de Lyon has rallied together to welcome and support students with disabilities. This policy has been demonstrated by promoting the exchange of practices and sharing of experiences between member institutions, leading collaborative study courses and developing supportive partnerships.

All these approaches have built a bridge between secondary education and university, to help pupils with disabilities progress to higher education. These relationships, forged with the Académie de Lyon, have led to a steady increase in the number of students with disabilities attending our institutions and the strengthening of their qualifications (+20% each year).

Services for students with disabilities

Our universities and higher education institutions are particularly attentive when it comes to disabilities. Throughout the year, our higher education institutions work to support students and to ensure the successful completion of their studies by providing individualized educational facilities and services. The aim is to enable each student to build a professional project that reflects their own personal ambitions. Students have access to special facilities, support, online guides, and dedicated teams to help them throughout their educational and professional careers.

The road to higher education (Cap vers l’enseignement supérieur): how to apply and who to contact

• Apply to a university or higher education institution/Your points of contact:
Download the “Cap vers l'enseignement supérieur” booklet (FR)

This booklet lists useful contacts and initial training offers. It is a practical tool for everyone: students with disabilities, secondary school professors and staff members, families, organizations, etc.

It provides a list of the courses offered by each Université de Lyon member institution, as well as the contact details of the disability advisors and the internship and professional integration correspondents.

Once you have registered, you will be contacted by a disability advisor or a disability center, who will help you throughout your training and ensure that your studies run smoothly. Please do not hesitate to contact them!

Useful documents

The Arpejeh organization: initiatives for students

Arpejeh is an employers’ organization that supports young people with disabilities in building a project adapted to their ambitions, their skills and their situation.

It offers students:

  • Support in finding internships, work-study programs and employment
  • Pairing with a professional mentor who helps young people build their professional project and bring it to fruition
  • Professional coaching, provided by a specialist advisor who helps young people prepare for job interviews

► To find out more please send an email to contact@arpejeh.com or call +33 (0)1 79 97 28 55


Links and resources

There are a number of organizations and services that can help you with your procedures.

Directory of organizations located in the Lyon academic site

Droit au savoir | An inter-community group that helps young people with disabilities find employment, made up of 31 organizations. Its aim is to promote and support post-high school education and vocational training for young people with disabilities.
Organizations in the Lyon academic center:
  • APF – Association des Paralysés de France (French Paralyzed Persons Organization)
    Contact: Ms. Cécile ALARD – Tel: +33 (0)4 72 43 01 01
  • ANPEA – Association nationale des parents d’enfants aveugles avec ou sans handicaps associés (National organization of parents of blind children with or without associated disabilities)
    Contact: Ms. Nathalie MIGNONAT – Tel: +33 (0)4 78 01 25 64
  • ARIES – Association régionale pour l’insertion des enfants sourds (Regional organization for the integration of deaf children)
    Contact: Mr. Didier VOITA – Tel: +33 (0)6 10 84 45 55
  • FIDEV – Rééducation et insertion des déficients visuels (Rehabilitation and integration of the visually impaired)
    Contact: Ms. Florence DI FALCO – Tel: +33 (0)4 72 73 22 10
  • UNAFAM – Union nationale des amis et des familles de malades psychiques (National Union of friends and families of people with psychiatric disorders)
    Contact: Ms. Sylvie GRATELOUP – Tel: +33 (0)4 78 68 70 33
  • OVE – Œuvre des villages d’enfants (Children’s Village Charity)
    Listening to the needs of children, teenagers and young adults with disabilities or in very difficult situations.
    Accessibility and individual support. Contact: Mr. Philippe MORTEL – Tel: +33 (0)4 72 07 42 00 - www.ove.asso.fr


    Arpejeh’s mission is to promote training, qualifications and employment for young people with disabilities by helping students between the ages of 15 and 30 plan for their future careers and find employment. ► www.arpejeh.com
    Encouraging SMEs to hire people with disabilities.
    Contact: Ms. Gaëlle DANCOURT – gaelle.dancourt@cgpme69.org
    For further information on the organization for the social and professional reintegration of people with disabilities, and to view the job listings, please visit ► www.ladapt.net
  • Leading network of entrepreneurs in France (Mouvement des entreprises de France – MEDEF)
    Created by the MEDEF Lyon Rhône, the Club Handi + is a link between companies and candidates with disabilities.
    It features internships, jobs and work-study programs.
    Please visit the web page for more information