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Disability and Chronic Illness

“People are disabled if their bodily function, intellectual ability, or emotional health are highly likely to deviate for more than six months from the typical condition of people of their age and who are thus hindered from participating in life in society. They are threatened by disability if such a hindrance may be expected.” (§ 2 paragraph 1 SGB IX)

The University of Freiburg is committed to continually removing barriers in the areas of construction, structure, and communication in order to ensure that students and employees with a disability or a chronic illness have the chance to participate in a self-directed and successful course of study or working life.

Studying with a Disability

The university appointed a new representative for students with a disability/chronic illness in fall 2010 and placed the post under the authority of the Office for Gender and Diversity. At the same time, the representative now has an extended scope of duties in the area “studying with a disability,” the main emphasis of which involves the spheres of activity “providing information,” “advising,” and “raising awareness.”

These changes follow the recommendations made by the German Rectors’ Conference on 21 April 2009 in “A University for All” and also take into account the fact that disabled students require more information, advising, and assistance at the university as a result of the reforms introduced as part of the Bologna Process.

Working with a Disability

The goal of the Integration Agreement reached in 2005 by the Rectorate, the Representative Body for Disabled Employees, and the Staff Council on the basis of the legal provisions described in § 83 SGB IX (German Social Code) is to integrate disabled persons and those of equal status, to make use of their abilities in the best possible way and encourage their professional advancement, to create barrier-free working conditions, and to fulfill the legal obligation to hire persons with disabilities. This explicitly includes promoting the hiring and training of disabled persons, taking into adequate account their individual disability in setting up the working conditions and organization, and giving disabled persons preferential treatment in continuing education programs.

Legal Foundations in the Area Disability [PDF] (German)

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