Accessibility Services (ZAB)
The ZAB is the central point of contact for all issues relating to accessibility and the active participation of people with disabilities or chronic illnesses at Bielefeld University. The ZAB offers expertise
• on accessible and diversity-sensitive university development
• in digital accessibility
• for prospective students, students and lecturers on studying with disabilities or chronic illnesses
• for employees and managers on employment with disabilities or chronic illnesses
The ZAB - Accessibility Services will be there when the "Studien(t)räume" event takes place on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 1.45 p.m. and the new learning locations at Bielefeld University are officially opened.
The new ZAB employee portal is online! Employees and job applicants at Bielefeld University can find comprehensive information about disabilities and working life here. From applying for a severely disabled person's ID, to useful knowledge about the legal aspects of disability and work at the university, to individual possibilities of work organization, a lot of information is available in a bundle. As usual, the portal is structured on a topic basis and linked to the other content of the ZAB portal....read more
Under the leadership of the Prorectorate for Science and Society, the members of the Diversity Action Plan Monitoring Group met for their third meeting on November 18, 2022. Actors from the areas of diversity, ZAB and equality reported on the measures they had implemented to make Bielefeld University diversity-sensitive and barrier-free. Among other things, the ZAB employee portal and a handout for lecturers that sensitizes them to the needs of TIN* persons have been created. Further measures are planned for the current semester....read more
You may apply for a Nachteilausgleich (“compensation for disadvantage”) if you have an existing disability or chronic illness that impairs your study. The purpose of the Nachteilausgleich is to create a comparable study and examination environment between students with and without a disability/ chronic illness.More information on disadvantage compensation (in German)
Information on applying, enrolling and admission to a degree programme, e.g. with disadvantage compensation or an application for hardship.
Prospective students (in German)
"Building and other facilities, means of transport, technical items of daily use, information processing systems, acoustic and visual sources of information and communication facilities as well as other designed areas of life are considered accessible if they can be located, accessed and used by persons with disabilities in the usual way, without any particular difficulty and, in principle, without the assistance of others. In this context, the use of disability-related aids is permissible". (§4 Disability Equality Act - BGG).
A barrier is an obstacle. If accessibility is to achieved, then the obstacles in everyday life should be minimised so that everyone, regardless of whether they have a disability or not, can have the same opportunity to live their life independently and autonomously.
In particular, the barriers and prejudices that exist in people's minds must be dismantled by challenging attitudes and actions. After all, discrimination is also a barrier.
Accessibility is not just a concept for people with disabilities, but for people of all ages, with and without impairments. All people benefit from accessibility.
Accessibility is mandatory for 10% of people to actively participate in life. This applies in particular to blind, visually impaired or deaf people. But many other people are also highly dependent on it.
Accessibility is necessary for 30 to 40% of people to enable active participation on a sustained basis. This applies to all people with an impairment, disability or chronic illness. This could be a matter of ensuring high contrast in the digital or built environment, or providing different ways to perceive something according to the two-senses principle.
Accessibility is something that for 100%, i.e. all people provides convenience at the very least. Because there is one thing that all people have in common: they are ageing, for example, and their physical capacity or perceptive ability is decreasing. A lift, for example, is absolutely essential for people in wheelchairs, necessary for people with mobility impairments, and convenient for everyone else, whether they have luggage, a pram or are simply having trouble getting up the stairs.