Special needs education for adults

If you have a physical or mental health disability, you can receive specifically organised education and counselling

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If you have a physical or mental health disability, you can receive specifically organised education and counselling to mitigate or limit the impact of your disability.

The offer covers:

  • special needs education
  • special pedagogical assistance

The offer is available to you if you cannot make use of other relevant offers. The offer is not available to you if you are a hospital in-patient.

The offer does not cover dyslexia specific education.

Before starting, the municipality shall identify your skills, needs, and prereq-uisites so that the education suits you and your needs.

Once you have commenced your education, the municipality will regularly evaluate – in consultation with you – whether the education is benefitting you as expected.

If it is not, your curriculum will be revised in consultation with you. If you are evaluated to no longer need the education, then it will stop and you will get guidance on other relevant offers.

Special needs education is to help with methods and aids that can compensate for your disability, so that you can better participate in society.

It is your prerequisites, skills, and needs that form the basis of the education and counselling.

Special pedagogical assistance is to contribute with the extra help you need in order to benefit from the special needs education. The offer may include vo-cational training, taking your disability into account, as part of the overall education offer if the purpose of the education so necessitates.

VISO (Videns- og Specialrådgivningsorganisation) is the national knowledge and special counselling organisation for social matters and special needs edu-cation. VISO provides free advisory counselling to you as a citizen. The counselling complements any measures taken by your municipality. It is your municipality that has the authority to make decisions, and to decide therefore what should happen in your case, potentially on the basis of VISO recommendations.

If you disagree with your municipality’s decision, you can, for example, file an appeal with the Board of Appeal for Special Needs Education or get advice from DUKH – Den Uvildige Konsulentordning på Handicapområdet (the independent consultancy organisation for disability issues). 

If you wish to appeal against a decision, you must file your appeal with the Board of Appeal for Special Needs Education within 4 weeks of receiving the decision from the municipality.

You can seek access to your case documents from the municipality, your dotor, and various hospital departments. You can read more at borger.dk with regard to seeking access to documents and public access to documents in administrtive files.

Last updated: 12 December 2020