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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

Programme 2023

Those who want inclusion will find a way. Those who do not want it will find excuses
Date: Thursday, 4 May 2023 4 - 6 p.m. (s.t.)
Venue: X-E0-001 and via livestream
Consultant: Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen
Gaming with your head - inclusive computer gaming
Presentation and gaming session
Date: Monday, 3 July 2023 2 - 4 p.m. (s.t.)
Location: X-E0-002
Consultant: Dennis Winkens
The Human Rights Model of Disability in Times of Crisis
Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2023 6 - 7.30 p.m. (s.t.)
Location: X-E0-002
Consultant: Prof.'in Dr. Theresia Degener
Medical classifications of diseases and disabilities: Perspectives from Clinical Practice, Health Services Research and Philosophy
Panel discussion
Date: Thursday, 28 November 2023 4 - 6 p.m. (c.t.)
Location: tba
Consultants: Prof. MD Christian Brandt, Prof.'in Dr. Lara Keuck, Univ.-Prof.'in MD Tanja Sappok, Univ.-Prof.'in MD Sabine Steinke


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Accessibility participation

Lecture Hall X-E0-002 has an inductive hearing system and is accessible at ground level.

The event will also be streamed live. The link will be available on our homepage on the day of the event.
The event will be automatically subtitled live on site.

We kindly ask you to inform us of any further individual requirements at the latest one week before the event. We will be happy to assist you.

The event will be held in German.



Plan from the stop to the X-building

From the tram stop 'Universität' to the X building, walk under the bridge towards the main university building and then turn right towards the X building.

Alternatively, you can use UniMaps , the app for accessible campus navigation.

The Human Rights Model of Disability in Times of Crisis

Portrait Theresia Degener
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Date: Tuesday, 17.10.2023 from 18:00 - 19:30 (s.t.)
Location: Lecture Hall X-E0-002

Consultant: Prof.'in Dr. Theresia Degener


The human rights model of disability originates 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 institutionalisation, forced treatment, segregation and exclusion are legitimised with these impairments as individualised destinies. 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.


Medical classifications of diseases and disabilities: Perspectives from Clinical Practice, Health Services Research and Philosophy

Datum: Dienstag, 28.11.2023 von 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr (c.t.)

Ort: tba.

Referent*innen: Prof. Dr. med. Christian Brandt, Prof.'in Dr. Lara Keuck, Univ.-Prof.'in Dr. med. Tanja Sappok, Univ.-Prof.'in Dr. med. Sabine Steinke

Portrait Christian Brandt

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Brandt

Christian Brandt is a neurologist and epileptologist and head of the epilepsy outpatient clinic at the Bethel Epilepsy Centre, University Clinic for Epileptology, Bielefeld. He also heads the study coordination centre there. For many years, he has devoted himself clinically and scientifically to the connections between epilepsy and mental disability. He is chairman of the Commission on Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability of the German Society for Epileptology and a member and former chairman of the Intellectual Disability Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy. Since January 2023, he has been Professor of Epileptology with a focus on disability medicine.

Portrait Lara Keuck

Prof.'in Dr. Lara Keuck

Lara Keuck is Professor of History and Philosophy of Medicine at Bielefeld University. Her work examines how knowledge about disease has changed over the long 20th century and how boundaries between health and disease have shifted. After her diploma in molecular biomedicine, she completed her doctorate in the subject History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine with a thesis on the functioning of medical classification systems as part of a Franco-German doctoral programme at Mainz University Medical School and the École normale supérieure in Paris. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin, she contributed to a project on the rational use of fuzzy boundaries, which resulted in the book she co-edited, vagueness in psychiatry (Oxford University Press 2017). In 2015, she received a Branco Weiss Fellowship from ETH Zurich to establish and lead a junior research group on Learning from Alzheimer's Disease: a history of biomedical models of mental illness. For short research stays, she was an invited visiting scholar at Princeton, Exeter and Bordeaux Universities. In 2020, Lara Keuck was elected to The Young Academy by the Leopoldina and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Since 2021 she has been leading an independent Max Planck research team, research unit, research group on practices of validation in biomedical research at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2022, she accepted a call to Bielefeld University, where she is a bridge professor in the Departments of History and Philosophy, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Science and the Medical School OWL and is helping to shape the new medical degree programme.

Portrait Tanja Sappok

Univ.-Prof.'in Dr. med. Tanja Sappok

Univ.-Prof. MD habil. Tanja Sappok is Director of the University Clinic for Inclusive Medicine, Medicine for People with Disabilities at Mara gGmbH Hospital, University Hospital OWL, and University Professor of Mental Health in People with Disabilities, Focus on Mental Health, at the Faculty of Medicine, Bielefeld University, Germany. Clinically and scientifically, she works on diverse topics around the mental health of people with breakdowns in intelligence development, especially autism spectrum disorders, emotional developmental disorders, behavioural disorders and dementias. As a former president and board member of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability (EAMHID) and vice president of the German Society for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability (DGSGB), she organises national and international conferences and publishes numerous books and scientific articles. She teaches at the Faculty of Medicine at Bielefeld University and uses her work to improve medical care for people with breakdowns in the development of intelligence.

Portrait Sabine Steinke

Univ.-Prof.'in Dr. med. Sabine Steinke

Univ.-Prof. MD Sabine Steinke has been a W2 Professor at the Medical School OWL of Bielefeld University since 2023, specialising in "Medical care for people with disabilities and chronic diseases". Professor Steinke is a specialist in dermatology, venereology and allergology and received her clinical and scientific training at the universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Edinburgh (UK), Lyon (France) and Münster. In 2019, she habilitated at the University of Münster on the quality of care for patients with atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and chronic pruritus. Through her experience in the field of person-centred care research and quality of life research, her research projects and the training of students focus on the care situation and needs of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Since 2021, she has been running a large dermatology practice in Münster and will thus be one of the few university professors in Germany to combine clinical work in the outpatient care sector with university science and teaching.


Photo from Dennis
Microsoft Germany

Date: Monday, 03.07.2023 14:00 -16:00 (s.t.)
Location: Lecture Hall X-E0-002

Consultant: Dennis Winkens


Dennis, also known as WheelyWorld on Twitch, is paraplegic from the neck down and supports other gamers with similar impairments. He controls his PC, his games and everything that goes with it exclusively with his mouth. 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 to us how the QuadStick works, what it can do and which settings in games can help (him) to have 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.

To the photo gallery of the event with Dennis Winkens


Portrait of Rau Krauthausen
Photo: Private

Date: Thursday, 04 May 2023 16:00 - 17:30 (s.t.)
Location: Room X-E0-001 and via livestream

Consultant: Raul Aguayo-Krauthausen

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 will open the first ZAB - Forum Barrierefrei. On this day, activist Raul Krauthausen will give us food for thought on what it takes to make society accessible. He will read from his new book "Wer Inklusion will, findet einen Weg. Those who don't want it will find excuses."

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

Raul 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 people about disability in blog articles, TV contributions 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.

To the photo gallery of the event with Raul Krauthausen

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