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The SZS supports and advises visually impaired students and prospective students in all study courses offered at KIT. We also play an active role in teaching and in research on Assistive Technologies.

You can find more information about the SZS in our mission statement and in a short overview of our history.

In our news section below, we inform about events, projects, initiatives and new developments.


News | Newsarchive

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Donation for Mobile Braille Display

Thanks to a donation, students can borrow a mobile braille display in urgent cases such as short-term loss of their own aids. The SZS would like to thank Cognex for their generous donation.

Inclusion in the sky

Gerhard Jaworek, employee at the SZS, member of the German Astronomical Society (DAG),  who wrote the book "Blind zu den Sternen - Mein Weg als Astronom" will give a keynote speech on 22nd August about "Inclusion in the Sky" during the Congress of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna. During the subsequent fair, he will present 3D models and tactile material printed at the SZS.
The management of the SZS warmly congratulates Mr. Jaworek on this honourable invitation.


SZS joins inclusion running

The Karlsruhe inclusion running as part of the Baden-Marathon starts on 23. September.
Information and application till 9.9.2018 - in German only.

My Profile - application training for Visually Impaired Persons

Feel free to apply for My Profile - a totally different application training, 11. to 13.1.2019 in Bad Herrenalb. Information

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MyHealth - Studying in a healthy way at KIT

The projects topic is resarch, networking and development of measures and structures leading to a healthy study environment at KIT in participative way. For further information: www.myhealth.kit.edu 

SZS at ICCHP July 2018

The SZS is presenting six papers about accessibility at the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP) in Linz. Program

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30 years SZS

Mid October the SZS celebrated the 30-years birthday. The program presented former and present development and also future visions of the SZS. Report (in German only)

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Donation 27-inch multi-touch display and tactile embosser

The SZS received a donation from Cognex in Karlsruhe to buy a 27-inch multi-touch display which can be attached to a computer. With this device students with low vision can work with a pen to annotate digital documents and magnify them easily. In december there will be as well a tactile embosser available. The SZS appreciates the generous donation.

Studying with handicap ClicKIT the magazine for students at the KIT addresses the topic of studying with handicap. Some students tell how they organise their studies with handicap. (German only). Report

The SZS is part of the TERRAIN project Navigation System for People with Visual Impairment. Podcasts (in German only) about new developments within the project will be published regularily.

Inauguration Accessibility Lab The new test lab for a barrier-free access to information for visually imparired persons Access Lab was inaugurated on 3rd June 2016. Press Release
BA- and Master Thesis & Job Offers

New: Current topics for Thesis as well als job offers for student tutors can be checked on this website. Information

Barrierfree webapp for better orientation at KIT Campus

A free betatestversion, developed with the project SmartCampus_barrierefree is now available. Please take the chance of improving accessibility by giving feedback of your user experiences. Webapp. Projectinformation.

"Blind zu den Sternen - Mein Weg als Astronom" The author of this book, Gerhard Jaworek, SZS-employee, describes the discovery of his hobby astronomy and how he experiences it in an inclusive way, beeing a blind person. Congratulations! The book is now available. Blurb (German only)
Students Press about studying with disabilities at KIT

Student Review "Schärfer Bitte!" stress on topic of studying without barriers at KIT.  Read articles (PDF barrierefree - German only) 

SZS enrolled in map of inclusion

The SZS gets involved with inclusion. Take a view at the the map of map of inclusion presented on the website of the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Disabled Persons.

Campus-Guidance-system for the blind

The first step is done.....Paulcke-Platz and crossing the road (Engesserstrasse) towards AKK is now much safer than before due to the installation of a guidance system for the blind on the ground.

Assistive Technology - Latest Developments

The radio transmission of Deutschlandfunk presents latest developments and research:  Radio Artikel "Hilfen für Blinde - Draht in eine dunkle Welt" (in German only)

Training material for VI Students

Free Training Material developed by the Project "Training Material for Students with Visual Impairments" is available (in German only). Project and Publications.

Google Faculty Research Award

The research group of Prof. Stiefelhagen (head of SZS) receives a Google Research Award for its work on "A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons". The "Google Faculty Research Award" is endowed with 83.000 USD for supporting research in computer science, engineering and related disciplines.
Further details see press realase (in German only)
Radio KIT interview (in German only)

Refund of Social Contribution

In case of disability and if you are allowed to use public transports for free you can apply for refunding of the social contribution. Information and form (In German only)

Hotline Kombilösung Karlsruhe

For information regarding the situation of road works and orientation in Karlsruhe caused by the "Kombilösung" please contact the hotline +49.721.133-5577. The number is available from from Monday till Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..