TalTech provided 95 percent of its lifts with audio support
TalTech has for a long time made meaningful efforts and investments so that students with special needs would have better opportunities each year to acquire higher education in their chosen field despite physical obstacles caused by their disability. Therefore, recently, almost all of the lifts in the university received an audio support.
Most of the lifts with voice support inform the user in Estonian and English when the doors open and close and on which floor the lift stops. It provides information in an audio form to the persons who do not get the necessary information through their vision, where they are located and where they are going. Some lifts only inform the people of the door closing.
TalTech's various buildings have a total of 18 cage lifts that have received voice support today. No other university in Estonia has so many lifts with audio support. The TalTech campus is the first in comparison with the Estonian universities, and one of the best-designed in terms of the well-being of students with reduced mobility or special needs. This has been previously highlighted by international appraisers. There are automatically opening doors, ramps, platform ladders on stairs, and more at the University.
TalTech's efforts to create an inclusive and universally designed campus have been recognised, inter alia, by the international Zero Project Experts Council (Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility), the Estonian Association of people with Disabilities (Act of the Year 2011), The Estonian Federation of the Blind (Act of the Year 2014), etc. Counselling for students with special needs is also highlighted in the international accreditation report.