Changing the way we see disability

Event poster
The Social Welfare Service of the University of Patras organizes an event entitled “Changing the way we see disability“, on the 6th of June.

We were motivated to organize the event because we feel that there is a necessity to change our perspective towards the way we see disability and the way we talk about it.

The social model for disability, as opposed to the medical model which states that disability is a problem of the person who needs to be treated, seeks to change society so that People with Disabilities live equally within it, as the problem arises by the society itself and the way its members interact.

The event comprises of three parts:

  • Speeches related to the subject of the event
  • Disability awareness activities
  • 3D Printing Contest award ceremony

The event is free of charge.
The event is submitted as an activity for the European Year Of Youth 2022


The organizers of the event are University of Patras’ Social Welfare Service, University of Patras’ Library and Information Center and University of Patras’ ESN (Erasmus Student Network).

Time and Place

The event will take place on the 6th of June at 16:00 at the Library and Information Center of the University of Patras, Events Hall on the 1st floor.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

There will also be  the opportunity to watch the event on live streaming.

Event itinerary

16:00 – Opening
16:10 – Chrysostomos Pazaridis
“Understanding motor disability and visual impairment; Proper interaction etiquette”
16:30 – Konstantinos Anastasopoulos
“Metamorphoses in youth : obstacles and perspectives in mental disorders'”
16:50 – Christina Galanou
Learning disabilities or learning abilities
17:10 – Marina Triantafyllidi
“Independent living for blind people”
17:30 – Coffee Break

18:00 – Disability awareness activities
18:45 – 3D Printing Contest award ceremony


The primary language of the event is English, except for the case of the disability awareness activities, where the language depends on each participant’s preference.

In-person event participants

Everyone who whishes to attend the in-person event has to make a seat reservation. Due to the fact that the seats available are limited, the participants will be selected based on “first-come first-served” principle.
For seats reservations, you may fill the form available in the next link.

After submission of the form, you will be notified through email, whether your application is accepted.

In case you are selected but won’t be able to attend the meeting, please notify us in advance, so that we can allocate your seat to the next person in the list.

In case you are not selected, you can still watch the event online.

Online event participants

The whole event will be live-streamed on our youtube channel, except from the Disability awareness activities.

The link to watch the event is the following:

Contact info

For further questions, you may call +30 2610.969633 or +30 2610.969623 or you may send an e-mail at