Studying with a disability and/or chronic illness

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Advice on the corona situation

This semester challenges teachers and students through new circumstances in online teaching. Some students get along very well with pure online events, for others this is a big problem.
Just like in regular lectures, the content of the course must be made available to you. An application for compensation for disadvantages can of course also be made for online lectures.

If you have difficulties or if you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to contact me:

Event tip:

„Starting a career with disabilities and chronic diseases"

Seminar for students and university graduates from 18th to 21th of August 2020 in Cologne  
Registration by 19th of June, 2020  
Registration link:
More information : Deutsches Studentenwerk Informations- und Beratungsstelle Studium und Behinderung (IBS)

Studying with a disability and/or chronic illness

Students with disabilities or chronic illnesses often encounter difficulties at university. Many kinds of difficulties may be encountered. For example, it may be difficult to access rooms; time allotted for completing examinations may be too short; and it may be impossible or impracticable to carry out certain work steps.


 It is a matter of course and, moreover, specified in law that no person may experience disadvantages during their studies due to health impairments. There are clear rules that should ensure equal opportunities among students. However, these rules may sometimes be interpreted differently, or they may be unable to compensate adequately for a disadvantage. In such cases, it must then be assessed whether – and how – assistance can be given on a case-by-case basis.
If you are impaired by a disability or chronic illness, you should not hesitate to take advantage of the opportunities of disability compensation or to seek advice on any questions about studying with a disability.

Barrier-free rooms at Leibniz Universität

Most lecture halls, seminar rooms and laboratories are accessible barrier-free. If you have any difficulties accessing or using them, please contact the Student Disability Officer at
or by calling 

Support for blind students

The Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – German National Library of Science and Technology offers blind and visually impaired members of Hannover’s universities a workstation at the ContiCampus. This workstation is located on the ground floor of the TIB site at Königsworther Platz, which has barrier-free access.

Borrowing aids

The following aids can be borrowed from Leibniz Universität at present:

  • Standing aids – when students are unable to stand for longer periods, but need to do so for a certain academic assignment
  • Therapy tables – to enable students in wheelchairs to write notes in lectures and seminars (the wheelchair must be equipped with armrests for this)
  • Laptops – to enable students to read and write sufficiently large print texts. The laptop can only be used for written work (not for calculations); it does not provide access to the internet.

If you are interested, please contact Christiane Stolz:

Disability compensation in examination situations

Disabilities or chronic illnesses may place students at a disadvantage when it comes to completing coursework or examinations. The aim of disability compensation is to correct this disadvantage by modifying the coursework or examinations to be taken.

Information for students with autism

Information for students with autism
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Checklist for teaching staff: barrier-free courses

The term “barrier-free access” is often associated with wheelchair users having access to everywhere. But barrier-free access means more than that – it must be a matter of course that all students and attendees are able to access venues and attend courses.

Major conversions or acquisitions are not always needed to make courses and events (more) accessible barrier-free. The following checklist can be used to examine which measures for achieving barrier-free access to a course can be implemented.


In many situations it is helpful for students to get support and advice within the university and to exchange their experiences with other students affected.

You can find the most important contact persons of the university in the links below.

General Student’s Council (AStA) of Leibniz Universität Hannover

Questions concerning finance, social issues related to studying, Social Affairs Section, Disabilities Processing Office at AStA.

Tuition fees for long-term students

Waiver of tuition fees for long-term students if a disability prolongs the duration of study.

Studying barrier free

General information page (in German) with hints and tips on studying with a disability and/or illness.

Psychological Counselling for Students – ptb

Support and advice in individual sessions and group sessions for students with psychosocial problems.



Studentenwerk Hannover

Questions about finance and social issues related to studying.

Student guidance

Questions about organising your studies, examination situations, finance and social problems are addressed by the Representative for Students with Disabilities: Christiane Stolz.


For many people with disabilities and chronic diseases, there are umbrella organizations that provide, among other things, education and counseling. Here you will find links to umbrella organizations and other organizations dealing with various chronic illnesses:

Learn about studying at Leibniz University Hannover on social media:

Student Advisory Services
Student Advisory Services
Student Advisory Services
Christiane Stolz
Representative for Students with Disabilities
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Christiane Stolz
Representative for Students with Disabilities
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover