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Disability Program for Learners

The HEC Paris Disability Program for Learners, officially launched in 2019, aims at helping the construction of a community which gets culturally richer thanks to its differences and which allows each of its members to choose his/her own path. For two years, we have been working on significant changes to build a more inclusive, supportive and innovative society thanks to the participation of all its members.

The February 11, 2005 charter on the equality of opportunity, participation and citizenship for people with disabilities goes beyond an assertion of  their fundamental human rights. It also recognizes the impact of the environment on the lives of people with disabilities, which implies its adaptation.

Below, we set out the adaptations set up by HEC Paris for the learner’s journey, designed to address both the specific needs and the necessity to train future leaders in the domains of diversity and inclusion.

Before arrival

Every January, HEC Paris opens its academies – in the form of three-week seminars for L3 and M1 students – to learners and recent graduates with disabilities.

HEC Paris is guiding the candidates to the Grande Ecole program with disabilities from the application submission to BCE (Banque Commune d’Epreuves). A file to request special arrangements has to be filled. For the candidates to the Grande Ecole program and all other programs (Master in Management, exchanges and double degrees, MBA, PhD, Executive Education…), you can directly contact one of the disability referents via the Student Affairs Department (Agnès Tourneix - A confidential phone call will be arranged if needed to discussyour personal situation. Any information regarding your personal situation is confidentially saved at the Medical Center. This first contact helps define the pedagogical and non-pedagogical arrangements to be organized for you to make the most of your stay within the HEC Paris community.

During your stay

If you have not done so when applying, we invite you to contact at the earliest opportunity one of the disability referents (Agnès Tourneix - and/or the HEC Paris Medical center ( to anticipate and optimize the pedagogical as well as the extracurricular on-campus needs (housing, food, student-led initiatives…).

During your stay at HEC Paris, we offer two guidance lines:

Line 1 – Organizing arrangements

  • Upon your arrival on campus, you must set up an appointment both with the Medical center and with one of the disability referents to assess your situation and organize the specific and necessary arrangements. Other meetings can be organized throughout the academic year, depending on requests either from yourself, the disability referent or the Medical center.
  • Pedagogical arrangements can be either technical or human support, adaptation of pedagogical documents (courses and exams), transfer of pedagogical documents beforehand, free time, quieter rooms for exams and more frequent breaks during exam time… We are of course ready to discuss any innovative ideas.

Some examples of arrangements set up in 2019: adapted software and pedagogical supports, human support, adapted on-campus rooms, transportation outside or on campus, provision of pedagogical supports beforehand, adaptation of the work path.

  • Three years ago, HEC Paris started to adapt the campus to the accessibility standards for the establishments open to public (ERP in French). Housing residencies, lavatories, common spaces and classrooms are now open to people with disabilities. This implementation is ongoing. The aim to reach the standards for most of the campus within a few years.

Line 2 – Raising awareness and training future leaders

  • On November 27, 2019, a team of learners and staff members came together with the help of EY and Hanploi & School to organize the first disability awareness day on campus : conferences, HandiCafé, quizz on the DYS diseases, presentation of the guide dog for blind people school (Ecole des Chiens Guides de Paris)… An awareness escape game had previously organized in 2018 during the European Week for the employment of people with disabilities.
  • We constantly search for learners who would like to engage in the Disability Program and organize new awareness actions on campus: Mental health night, world trisomy 21 day, handisports…
  • We also welcome a training guide dog for blind people on campus on a regular basis. We therefore participate in its first steps in a long path to becoming trained and socialized.

After your program

The Career Center guides all the learners towards knowing themselves and preparing their professional project. A specific reflection is under way between the Career Center and the Disability Program to offer adapted support in your search for adapted internships. External service providers regularly offer workshops, fairs and conferences (how to write your CV, find your internship or your first job…). These are communicated by email or on the student portal. A HandiCafé is organized every year during January’s on campus Carrefours Fair in.



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Agnès Tourneix