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Studying with a visual impairment

Visual impairments relate to an impairment of vision or distortion of visual perception. If you are visually impaired, you may experience problems in your studies, for instance when taking exams, using a computer, following lectures and with your study schedule. You can also encounter problems when reading books and other study materials. Moreover, you can fall behind with your study if you do not study in the usual pace.

The university has facilities which can help you during your study time. Examples include:

  • The use of a laptop during lectures and exams.
  • Ask the teacher whether digital study materials is available.
  • Extra exam time.
  • Adapted exam (larger size, different font, separate room).
  • The use of a reading programme.

What should you do?

  1. Make an appointment with the study advisor of your degree programme and discuss the available opportunities.
  2. Make an appointment with a student counsellor of the Student Service Centre. A student counsellor
    • informs you about the financial and legal regulations.
    • can draw up a letter of recommendation about which adaptation will be necessary for you to follow you study programme.

Take a medical (or psychological) declaration with you to the meeting with the study advisor or student counsellor. If you want, a coach or one of your parents can accompany you to these meetings.

It's important that you keep to the agreements made. Otherwise you do not qualify for financial support.

For more information:

  • You can find information about various disabilities on the website of the national expertise centre Handicap & Studie. You can also find information about the consequences for your study and possible adaptations. (also available in English)
  • Dedicon provides support to anyone who has difficulty reading or dealing with printed texts. Via Dedicon study books can be converted to spoken texts or enlarged to A3 format. (also available in Englisch)
  • The Association of Reading Disability is the national association in the field of reading in modified form: braille, audio, large print and digital. (only available in Dutch)
  • Visio, Centre of Expertise for blind and partially sighted people. (also available in English)

Ben je een Nederlandse studiekiezer? Ga dan naar onze pagina's voor Nederlandse studenten.

Last modified:11 March 2019 10.53 a.m.