ESOK-hanke 2006-2011

Accessibility is for everyone

National seminar 6.-7.5.2009. in Valkea talo (The Light House), Ilkantie 4, Haaga, 00400 Helsinki.

    Seminar themes are:

    1. Diversity in learning - teaching and learning material
    2. Equality and accessibility in HEIs.
    3. Experiences and possibilities in improving the accessibility in HEIs.

    The presentations and panel discussion on May 6th will be held in Finnish and English. Parallel seminars on May 7th will be held in Finnish, English and Swedish.


    Wednesday 6th May

    9.00 – 10.00 Registration, coffee and assistive technology exhibition.

    10.00 – 10.15 Welcome words: ESOK project.

    10.15 – 10.30 Opening adresses: Birgitta Vuorinen,Ministry of Education.

    10.30 – 10.45 Opening adresses: Kaisa Alanne, The Finnish Association of the Deaf .

    10.45 – 11.15 Accessible HE in Sweden: Seija Hiltunen, Stockholm University.

    11.15 – 11.45 Universal design in Higher education development process: Anne Nylund, National Coordinator for Accessibility in Higher Education in Norway.

    11.45 – 12.15 Higher Education Accessibility and Equal Opportunities in England: Alan Hurst.

    12.15 – 14.00 Lunch break and Assistive Technology exhibition.

    14.00 – 14.30 Comments, The Student Unions (The Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences SAMOK and The National Union of Students in Finland SYL).

    14.30 – 16.00 Panel Discussion:

    • Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences, ARENE ry, Timo Luopajärvi.
    • The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council, FINHEEC, Riitta Pyykkö.
    • KYNNYS ry - The Threshold Association, Niina Kilpelä.
    • Trade Union of Education in Finland, OAJ.
    • Ministry of Education, Birgitta Vuorinen.
    • Ministry of the Interior, Panu Artemjeff.
    • Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applies Sciences, SAMOK, Carita Wegelius.
    • The Finnish Council of University Rectors, Matti Uusitupa.
    • The National Union of University Students, SYL, Olli-Pekka Koljonen.

    (The background information for panel discussion .doc, 25 sivua, 166kt)

    16.00 - 16.30 Wheelchair dance performance: Risto Lång.

    16.30 - 17.15 Advisory meeting to share ideas on building a National network for Equality and accessibility issues in HEIs.

    Conference Dinner 19.00 – 22.00

    Thursday 7th May

    9.00 – 9.15  Opening session: ESOK project.

    9.15 - 9.30 Opening adresses: Pekka Lapinleimu, The Finnish Federation of the Hard of Hearing .

    9.30 – 12.15 Good practices and experiences in Finnish HEIs: Several speakers.

    12.15 – 13.15 Lunch break.

    13.15 – 15.00 Parallel seminars.

    15.00 – 15.30 Final words by organisers and Coffee.

    Seminar speakers

    Speakers and themes:

    • Teachability and Staff training, Alan Hurst, UK,
    • Seija Hiltunen, Sweden,
    • Anne Nylund, Norway,
    • Access for all – conditions and criteria for accessibility at universities Katrin Richly ja Karoline Leitz, Germany,
    • Paula Pietilä, University of Turku,
    • Anne Kanto-Ronkanen, Savonia University of Applied Sciences,
    • Seija Örn, North Karelia University of Applied Sciences,
    • Minna Markkanen, Piritta Honkanen ja Tiina Rautio, Helsinki University,
    • Anne-Maritta Tervakari, Tampere University of technology,
    • Helena Koskimies, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences,
    • Maija Hirvonen, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.

    There is no preliminary enrolment to the parallel seminars.

    Registration and further information

    Registration online on April 24th at the latest.

    The maximum number of participants is 170. The participation will be confirmed by e-mail on April 28st at the latest.

    Further information:


    The seminar,  conference dinner and exhibition are free for the participants. Restaurant in the Light House offers lunch for the price of 8,70 €.

    Location and Travel info

    The seminar is held in Valkea talo (The Light House), Ilkantie 4, Haaga, 00400 Helsinki.

    Location and bus/train connections can be found at (Location and driving instructions)

    Walking instructions from Huopalahti railway station to Light House.


    A quota for 40 rooms has been reserved from Best Western Hotel Haaga for seminar participants. Quota is due to April 14th. When making a reservation mention the quota code "Esteettömyysseminaari". Best Western Hotel Haaga is located ca 600 metres from the Light House. See the walking instructions Best Western Hotel Haaga - Light House.

    Hotel Haaga contact information:

    Nuijamiestentie 10
    00320 HELSINKI
    Tel. +358 9 5807 877
    Fax. +358 9 5807 8386

    Seminars in English

    Seminar On Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education

    2 December 2009 at 11.00 - 16.3, PharmaCity, Lecture Hall 1, Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4, Turku

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    The third national accessibility seminar organized by ESOK project will be held in Helsinki on 6.-7. May 2009. The number of participants at the moment 112.

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