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Studying with a disability

Appropriate information, guidance and facilities are available to all current and prospective students with a disability in order to enable them to study with as few obstacles as possible.

For particular disabilities, the type of Study Check/Decentralised Selection Procedure may need to be adjusted.

If you have dyslexia or another type of disability for which you received extra exam time during your preceding studies/examinations, then you don't need to make any prior arrangements: the extra time will already be incorporated into the Study Check/Decentralised Selection Procedure. You must bring evidence of your disability (e.g. a dyslexia certificate) to the Study Check/Decentralised Selection Procedure.

Do you have a disability that prevents you from participating in the Study Check/Decentralised Selection Procedure in the available format? If so, please contact the programme's student counsellor. The student counsellor will advise the programme regarding any changes. Example 1: You are hard of hearing and wish to bring an interpreter. Example 2: You have difficulty using your hands due to a muscular disorder and you require a laptop.

If no requirements have been necessary so far, then you can simply attend the Study Check/Decentralised Selection Procedure. Check the schedule beforehand to avoid any surprises.

Do you expect to incur a study delay as a result of a disability? If so, take action quickly.

If you expect to incur study delay as a result of a disability, it is important that you contact a student counsellor as soon as possible. The first contact is always on the student's own initiative. During this intake interview, your options, limitations and any potential obstacles to education will be discussed. The student counsellor:

  1. will confidentially process your notification of exceptional circumstances (your disability) that may cause/has caused you to incur a study delay;
  2. will advise you regarding possible provisions and support you in applying to the programme for these provisions (e.g. extra time during examinations);
  3. will advise the Examination Board regarding your personal circumstances in relation to possible exemption from a binding negative study advice based on your disability;
  4. will supervise you during your studies (intake, transfer and graduation), together with the study adviser or student career adviser;
  5. can support you with matters concerning the Education Executive Agency (DUO) such as extension of your performance-related grant and/or diploma period;
  6. can request financial compensation from the appropriate AUAS funds;
  7. can act as an intermediary during any applications for reimbursement of tuition fees in the event that you have to temporarily or permanently withdraw from your studies.
     

REPORT YOUR DISABILITY ON TIME

If you wish to be eligible for certain provisions or guidance as a result of a disability, then it is your responsibility to notify the student counsellor in a timely manner. The first appointment and all subsequent appointments are to be made on your own initiative. If your situation has changed and/or you think you may require other provisions, report this as soon as possible. Any complaints regarding the provisions must also be reported to the student counsellor as soon as possible.

Submitting applications through the Digital Service Point

Do you suffer from dyslexia? Do you need additional time to complete tests or require larger exam forms as a result of this condition? You can submit an application through the Digital Service Point.

Keep your dyslexia statement at hand, as you will be required to upload it along with your application.

Student counsellor

You can make the necessary arrangements without the assistance of the student counsellor. However, you will have to visit the student counsellor if you need more intensive support or other forms of assistance, or if you have incurred a study completion delay. You should also visit the student counsellor if you need additional time on tests / larger exam forms for a reason other than dyslexia.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a valid dyslexia statement?
The dyslexia statement must be signed by a healthcare psychologist or general remedial educationalist and should be based on a diagnostic test.

How much additional time will I be getting on my test?
A 25% extension of the standard test time for the duration of your degree programme.

When should I submit an application?
As soon as you start your degree programme. You will be allowed additional time on your tests and/or larger exam forms for the duration of this degree programme. You will have to submit a new application if you switch to another programme, or enrol in a minor at another programme.

When will I find out whether my application has been approved?
It can take several weeks to complete your application, as the process will involve a total of three departments. Your dyslexia statement will be assessed by the Student Affairs Secretariat. You will receive an email with further information on the assessment procedure. The application will then be forwarded to your examination board. The board will reach a decision and submit the relevant information to the programme office, which will arrange for the additional testing time and larger exam forms. If you do not receive a notification from the examination board or programme office, make sure to check with the programme office whether you are on the list for these facilities no later than one week before the exam.

24 July 2017