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The TU Chemnitz is an inclusive university

Die Koordinatorin für Inklusion, Dr. Daniela Menzel, hält eine Tafel die mit Kreide und dem Appell „Inklusion beginnt im Kopf“ beschrieben ist.

Hello, I am Dr. Daniela Menzel and I coordinate the field of inclusion at the TU Chemnitz. The aim here is to break down existing barriers in studies, in buildings, on the website and above all in people's minds based on our action plan. Students and employees with disabilities at Chemnitz University of Technology should be able to participate in everyday university life on an equal footing and be able to use all the university's offers without restriction. Step by step we are thus jointly implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the sense of an inclusive university.

Around 11 percent of students in Germany are studying with a disability that makes their studies more difficult. In most cases, the impairment is not visible. Students with disabilities naturally face special and very varied challenges. Affected students are often unaware of their needs or contact counselling services too late. Therefore it is important to seek active and timely support! For students with a disability, chronic or mental illness, I am the contact person at our university.

What should you do if you have to interrupt your studies for a longer period of time due to an accident or illness; if you are currently unable to cope with the workload and demands of your studies due to a chronic illness; if teachers do not respond to special needs in lectures or other course formats; or if examinations cannot be held in the intended form? For such special situations and questions concerning the organisation of studies, I am your contact point! Whether before or during your studies, whether you need advice, for example on how to apply for compensation for disadvantages and leave of absence for reasons of illness or other issues specific to impairments, you are welcome to contact me at any time. Information events on these topics are also held regularly.

Furthermore, I support lecturers or examination boards in their questions about studying with disabilities or compensating for disadvantages in the form of workshops or information material and guidelines.

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