Learn more about University of San Francisco-Quito—Ecuador
The attitude towards individuals with disabilities in Ecuador is based on the Normas Jurídicas de Discapacidad of the Consejo Nacional de Igualdad de Discapacidades (CONADIS) which focuses on the rights of people with disabilities and eradication of discrimination. The main responsibility has been carried out by the government while the private sector has had little role. The University has made changes in the buildings to make the majority more accessible for individuals with disabilities and helps people with different accommodations depending on the case. The University currently has about 35 students with a variety of disabilities that includes dyslexia, deficit of attention, blindness, and deafness.
Students generally spend 12-15 hours a week in class and are expected to spend about 20 to 25 hours per week studying outside of class. This, of course, varies with the subject. Students typically learn from lectures, readings, video, independent research, lab, etc. Learning is typically assessed by exams (particularly for undergraduate students), and presentations and papers (particularly for graduate students). Homework is typically typed and submitted to our online course management system (D2L). Class participation is increasingly factored into course grades, but it is up to the discretion of the professor.
Classroom accommodations could include recording lectures, arranging for a separate room or extra time for exams, making classrooms wheelchair accessible, and allowing service dogs in the classroom. This is also up to the discretion of the professor.
If a classroom is not accessible the University will always try to find solution. However in some cases, for example in some research labs, it is not possible to change classrooms.
Excursions and field trips are class dependent. Identifying alternatives would depend on the professor.
The Office of International Programs offers a few alternatives during the semester and summer sessions, especially to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the rainforest.
Students live with host families. They are provided with two meals a day, cleaning of the room, wifi, laundry once per week, and the opportunity to be part of an Ecuadorian family to learn about Ecuadorian culture and practice Spanish.
Computer labs (wheelchair accessible) with Internet access are available to students.
Students have access to library facilities (wheelchair accessible), and assistance can be made available to help access library materials.
Students have to travel on public transportation (buses) from the city to the valley of Cumbayá where the main campus is located. It can take from 30-45 minutes to get to campus, depending on the area in the city where students live and on traffic. Students with disabilities can be placed with families close to campus.