Thirteen percent of students at Wageningen University have a functional limitation, or handicap to use the old-fashioned term, a figure comparable to the national average. A meeting on studying with a disability was organised on Thursday 11 October in Forum, as many students are not aware that they are entitled to various forms of support.
The meeting took place on the first floor of forum, where a computer island had been reserved for software demonstrations by students involved in the ‘Impuls Digitaal’ project. The project is developing different forms of digital support for students with disabilities. As well as students, lecturers, deans, workgroups, ICT-education and external organisations such as the Handicap + Studie expertise centre are involved.
‘We hope that this meeting will help people to meet each other and make it easier for some to seek contact, for example with a dean, a psychologist or doctor at the university,’ says Eljan Smeets, a student dean. She is pleased with the turnout: about fifty students, twenty ICT people and several study advisors. Students with a disability often are not aware that they are entitled to extra time for their study and more supervision, and that sometimes exams can be adjusted for them. Functional limitations include not only chronic physical, sensory and mental problems, but also dyslexia. / Alexandra Branderhorst
Info: www.wageningenuniversiteit.nl >> studentcounsellingservice and www.handicap-studie.nl