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Our department deals with the topics of accessibility and neurodiversity at the university. We want to establish a climate at the university that understands disability as a natural variation of human diversity. Disability includes not only physical disability or mobility limitations, but also sensory disabilities, all physical and mental chronic diseases, as well as autism, ADHD, partial performance disorders (e.g. dyslexia and dyscalculia, etc.) etc.

In the sense of a social and human rights-based model of disability, we see the university as obliged to take into account the needs of disabled students. Students with disabilities do not have to adapt to the university, but the university has to change its framework so that everyone can study with us with equal opportunities and without barriers.

We understand accessibility as an all-embracing “design for all”. Accessibility does not only refer to structural barriers, but we also want to ensure that students with all kinds of disabilities are compensated for any disadvantages. It is therefore particularly important to change the attitudes and values of university employees.

One topic that is very close to our hearts is raising awareness of disability from a human rights perspective. Disabled students must be able to complete their studies in a barrier-free and discrimination-free place. We are committed to this. For example, by organising various events on the subject, and also by advising students in asserting their rights vis-à-vis the university and supporting them if possible.

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In our office hours, students and all other interested parties can obtain information from us on the topics of accessibility, neurodiversity and all related topics. We also want to be a contact point for students who experience barriers and discrimination at the university or during their studies. In order to be able to use our consultation hours, no prerequisites need to be fulfilled, everyone (also regardless of whether the person in question identifies himself or herself as disabled or not and of course regardless of the existence of a concrete diagnosis) is very welcome!

We are in contact with various other institutions inside and outside the university and will organize lectures and other activities on the topics of our paper.

Furthermore, we are in charge of a working group on accessibility and neurodiversity, to which all interested students and staff are welcome. Usually our working group meets every two weeks. The exact dates will be announced on
to be found here at the beginning of the semester.

I. Arbeitskreis Barrierefreiheit & Neurodiversität

All interested students and staff members are welcome to join our working group on accessibility and neurodiversity. The presence of a disability is not a prerequisite. What is necessary is the interest and willingness to stand up for the human rights of disabled people and to possibly overcome our own prejudices (which we probably all have in one way or another). However, according to the motto of the disability movement “Nothing about us without us”, leading positions in the working group should only be taken by people who feel that they belong to the group of people with disabilities.

Many topics will be discussed and various activities will be organised. The aim is to create a barrier-free and discrimination-free university. Even outside the university (in associations, at the regional office, etc.) there are circumstances that violate our rights and thus impair/prevent our active participation in society.

We want to sensitize all people to the topic of human rights and thus create more awareness.

Our working group is not a classical self-help group, but a (political) self- and interest representation of disabled people.

And another important thing: there is no compulsion – everyone is involved as much as he wants and can!

If you have any needs regarding barrier-free participation in the working group that we have not yet thought of, please contact us. It is absolutely important to us that the participation can take place as barrier-free as possible. We are very open for and happy about suggestions to increase the accessibility.

Usually our working group meets every two weeks. The exact dates will be posted here at the beginning of the semester.
If interested please write a mail to: accessforall[at] 🙂