The sould decision to study always requires a multitude of considerations and basic prerequisites: What do I want / can I study, Where do I want to study, Where will I live, What will it cost.... Prospective students with disabilities or chronic illnesses have an even greater need for information and coordination!
Sometimes students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses only come to us towards the end of their studies and then unanimously tell us how much better and carefree they could have studied if they had known about us and our offer from the beginning. This is why our presence and public discussion with prospective students at fairs, PR materials and Social media is so important: it creates early contact and the chance to start the new phase of your life well-informed and well-prepared.
Often there are so many talents that it is difficult to decide on a single, specific course of study. But what is a realistic course of study for young people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses? Can blind people study chemistry? Are there wheelchair-bound doctors? Deaf lawyers? Our check shows what is possible (with the right preparation and support) and provides advice independent of location and study programme, i.e. even if you subsequently decide to go to another university / study programme, the initial counselling can take place at JKU and we will then refer you to competent contact persons at other universities from our extensive network.
The choice of study programme begins with an understanding of one's own wishes and individual support needs.
The choice of fields of study and career goals is bewilderingly large, and the number of offers is increasing. This makes it all the more important to explore one's personal goals and interests in more detail, to obtain information and, if necessary, help in good time:
For young people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, this checklist is extended by some additional aspects that need to be clarified before the start of their studies.
If there is sufficient interest, these questions will be dealt with in the course of a 2-day orientation course (OLV) for prospective students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and, as far as possible, already clarified in the course of this course; otherwise, a personal individual appointment also offers the chance to clarify the most important questions.
After the decision has been made, it is a matter of determining and agreeing on the individually required framework conditions. In individual meetings, the status of support needs is ascertained in good time before the start of studies and recorded in a protocol, which is then further developed during the course of studies and adapted to changing conditions in the course of regular development meetings.
This offer is primarily aimed at highly visually impaired and blind prospective students who have decided to study in Linz.
Efficient study also means being able to move quickly and safely to and around the university campus. There is rarely much time between classes, and despite the campus, it can take up to 15 minutes to get from the Science Park to the TNF Tower.
Orientation and mobility training helps here to get an initial overview and to work out optimal routes in the required environment.
For more complex orientation, we arrange contact with experienced trainers who are familiar with the campus.