ул. А.Невского, д.14
Two University buildings in Nevskogo street are now almost completely barrier free. There are parking accessible parking spaces for the disabled close to the buildings, ramps near the entrances, platform lifts and accessible restrooms inside the buildings. Bright yellow signs in the corridors and on the doors, as well as Braille signs help those who have hearing and visual difficulties find their way around the University. We also bought two sets of equipment for the hard of hearing so that a lecturer and a student (or an applicant) could communicate better. The University has also procured necessary equipment for the visually impaired.
Says the vice-rector for administrative affairs, Olga Usmanova: “Accessibility is a campus-wide effort at the IKBFU; it goes beyond the buildings in Nevskogo street. The FABRIKA science park, for example, is fully equipped with elevators, platform lifts and accessible restrooms. By the end of the year we will have bought one more motorized stairclimber, installed a platform lift for the Institute of Tourism and Physical Culture, and carried out a number of initiatives to increase accessibility across the University.
Now that we have people with disabilities among our student population, such decisions are taken faster and more efficiently. When we look at the eagerness with which these students approach their studies, and when we see the obstacles they and their families have to overcome on their way to knowledge (often quite literally so, on the way from home to the classroom), a realization dawns that it is our responsibility to make their life better, that an educational establishment does not have the right to be only “partially” accessible. What we are striving for is a completely barrier-free environment.”