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ZAB - Forum Accessibility

The ZAB - Forum Barrierefrei is the new event series of the ZAB around the topics of active participation and accessibility in universities and far beyond. Contributions from science and research as well as insights into practice offer an interdisciplinary and multi-layered examination of the conditions for success for an accessible society.

The ZAB - Forum Accessibility is

  • Versatile - in perspectives, topics, formats
  • Open - for students, university members, external parties
  • Innovative - sustainable, diverse, participative

1st ZAB - Forum Accessibility: Reading with Raúl Krauthausen

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Accessibility at our events

Room X-E0-001 has barrier-free accessibility and an inductive hearing system.

The event will be accompanied by written interpreters.

We kindly ask you to inform us about your individual needs as early as possible. We will be happy to assist you.

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Way to the X building

Plan from the stop to the X building

From the light rail stop 'Universität' to the X building, walk under the bridge towards the main university building and then turn left towards the X building.

Portrait of Raúl Krauthausen
Photo: Private

Thursday, 04 May 2023, 4 p.m., Room X-E0-001 (X-Building) and live stream.

Under the motto "Shaping the future without barriers" of this year's European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities, Rector Prof. Gerhard Sagerer opens the first ZAB - Forum Barrierefrei. Activist Raúl Krauthausen will give us food for thought on what it takes to make society accessible. He will read from his new book "Who wants inclusion, finds a way. Those who don't want it will find excuses."

Raúl Krauthausen raises fundamental and often uncomfortable questions about inclusion in Germany, gets his readers to confront their own Ableism, and develops an idea of how to really live inclusion at all levels.

Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen, born in Peru in 1980, grew up in Berlin. He is in a wheelchair and works as an inclusion activist for, among others, SOZIALHELDEN, a non-profit association he founded himself in 2004. As a studied communication economist and design thinker, he has been active in the internet and media world for over 15 years. He invented the Wheelmap, a map for wheelchair-accessible places, protested in front of the Bundestag for a good participation and equality law, obtained a constitutional complaint against the triage regulation, and educates about disability in blog articles, TV features, and in his podcasts, among other things. Since 2015, he has hosted his own talk show, "KRAUTHAUSEN - face to face." He was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon for his services to the social concerns of disabled and socially disadvantaged people.

2nd ZAB - Forum Accessibility: Gaming with your head - inclusive computer gaming

Dennis Winkens

Photo from Dennis
Microsoft Germany

Monday, 03.07.2023
14-16 Uhr

Lecture Hall X-E0-002 (with induct. listening system)

Gaming with your head - Inclusive computer gaming

Dennis, also known as WheelyWorld on Twitch, is paraplegic from the neck down and supports other gamers* with similar impairments. He controls his PC, games and everything else with his mouth only. Dennis is also an ambassador for Gaming without Borders, a general advocate for inclusion, and works professionally in the rehabilitation and assistive technology industry. Dennis will explain us the functionality and possibilities of the QuadStick and which settings in games can help (him) for an accessible gaming experience. He will tell us what added value computer games can have and to what extent he considers gaming to be inclusive. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to play with and against Dennis.

3rd ZAB - Forum Accessibility: The Human Rights Model of Disability in Times of Crisis

Prof. Dr. Theresia Degener

Portrait Theresia Degener
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Tuesday, 10/17/2023
6:00pm - 7:30pm
room t.b.a.

The human rights model of disability in times of crisis

The human rights model of disability stems from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is a rejection of the medical model that reduces disabled people to their (factual or ascribed) health impairments. Human rights violations, such as institutionalization, coercive treatment, segregation, and exclusion, are legitimized with these impairments as individualized fates. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the discrimination situation, and the triage discussion in particular has again promoted the medical model of disability. Theresia Degener explains why the human rights model is the only way to the Build Back Better principle of the Sustainable Development Goals, even in times of crisis.

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