Karel Břinda aus Prag/Tschechien
2. Juni bis 8. Juli 2008 im SZS
My name is Karel Břinda and I am working at the Czech Technical University in Prague at the Centre for Support of Visual Impaired Students at the University called TEREZA (http://www.tereza.fjfi.cvut.cz/en/). Our centre is situated at the Department of Mathematics at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering. We help university students in the whole Czech Republic (not only at the CTU) during their studies. Nevertheless, we have also many clients who aren’t students participating at our program of whole life education.
It was really a great occasion for me to come to Karlsruhe and spend five nice weeks at the SZS. My stay was very rich regarding to the experiences I made and I enjoyed it very much. I got the opportunity to compare different ways of how to support blind and visually impaired students at the university.
I met some very nice people at the SZS: Joachim Klaus who organized my stay at the center and who helped me with all common problems. Gerhard Jaworek was my tutor regarding computer technologies and thanks to him I got to know everything what I wanted to know about it. I hold also very interesting discussions with Karin Mueller, Andrea Gaal, Susanne Schneider and Angelika Scherwitz-Gallegos. Barbara Hanke solved all administrative things. All these SZS staff members created a very nice atmosphere and thanks to them I felt very comfortable.
Moreover, there was one other fine thing. Some people from abroad came during my stay and I enjoyed very nice moments with them too. It is necessary to speak about prof. Art Karshmer from the University of San Francisco, who spent a month in Karlsruhe at the same time like me. He told me a lot of interesting things and I also believe there will be some future cooperation. Furthermore, I got to know a few people from Ireland who visited the SZS during my stay.
Regarding my other activities here: I visited a school for visual impaired children, some colleagues at the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems at the University Stuttgart, a few very interesting lectures connected not only with special technologies for visual impaired users at University Karlsruhe and at University Heidelberg too.
My whole stay in Karlsruhe was full of social events, fun and I enjoyed it really very much. I believe in a successful future cooperation between the SZS and the Centre TEREZA.