Persons with disabilities


The Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the Ministry of Higher Education and research signed the University/Handicap Charter in 2012. This charter provides for universities to participate in the implementation of disability policies in order to promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. By committing itself to this charter, the USMB has placed disability at the heart of its development policy.

The USMB, a pioneer in terms of welcoming and supporting students with disabilities, positioned itself well ahead of the 2005 law on equal rights and opportunities, participation and citizenship for people with disabilities. Indeed, the starting point was the creation of a European resource centre for the hearing impaired, which allowed the implementation of specific support, thus explaining at the time the exponential number of hearing impaired students registered in Savoie. The USMB has attached great importance to supporting students with disabilities, and since 2005 it has been part of the national initiative to develop its identity as a "welcoming" university.

It revolves around 5 main axes:

  • Information and disability awareness
  • Accessibility of the premises and teaching facilities
  • Professional integration of students with disabilities
  • Support for the professional life paths or academics of people with disabilities
  • Recruitment and support for disabled staff members

This multi-year action plan is part of an overall improvement process concerning both academics and research, for both students and staff, whether in post or in the recruitment phase.
The USMB strives to offer its disabled members, whatever their status, the best reception conditions and tailor-made support.


A disability is defined as "any limitation of activity or restriction of participation in social life suffered by a person in his or her environment as a result of a substantial, lasting or permanent impairment of one or more physical, sensory, mental, cognitive or psychological functions, a multiple disability or a disabling health problem". (Definition of disability - Law of 11 February 2005).

There are several types of disability: motor, sensory, intellectual, psychic, disabling diseases.
80% of handicaps are not immediately visible!

Disabled workers can apply for the Recognition of the Quality of Disabled Worker (RQTH) and thus benefit from measures to facilitate the exercise of their activity and have an adapted career: job adjustments, time adjustments, adapted and specific professional training, etc.

The application for Recognition of the Quality of Disabled Worker (RQTH) is a positive, voluntary and confidential administrative procedure.