Study Centre for the Visually Impaired (SZS)

Study Centre for the Visually Impaired (SZS)

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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. Please check the Newsarchive for search of previous topics.

Sports and Corona

The ActivityKIT project recommends various homeworkouts. These are instructed in such a way that blind and visually impaired people can also try them out. Nobody should have to do without exercise in times of Corona.

SZS at CHI 2020

At the CHI 2020 a contribution of the SZS about the work with the TPad was accepted.
The SZS also participated in the GermanCHI 2020.
The presentation of the TPad can be found on YouTube.


The SZS participates in this year's ICCHP with four articles on the development of a Braille scanner, an eye-tracking based magnification program and two articles on the AccessibleMaps project.

Start of project Accessible Maps

SZS and TU Dresden develop new approaches within the Accessible Maps project. It aims to improve the mobility of people with impairments by providing barrier-free indoor maps with accessibility features.

SZS podcast

The KIT research podcast reports on the work of the SZS in it's 21st episode. Listen to the podcast in German on the website.

Podcasts focusing on Mobility and Visual Impairment

The podcasts offer different views on mobility in daily life and curtent research.
Guiding and Orientation Systems
The cane - AT or wand?
Mobility Training - How blind peole learn to explore the world.
See Project Websíte TERRAIN inclucing this and further podcasts.
(In German only)

Donation for working environment with Virtual Reality

Cognex supports the development of a work environment for people with visual impairments with a generous donation. This requires Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and a laptop.

Inclusive tactile map for the Karlsruhe Zoo

The SZS developed a tactile map for the Zoo Karlsruhe together with the Rotary Club Karlsruhe who initiated and sponsored the project. The Baden Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired took part in the tests.
The map can be purchased at the entrance of the zoo for 10 euros. Now people with blindness or visual impairment can plan and carry out a visit to the zoo together with sighted persons.

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Accessible learning material

The SZS participates in generating a memorandum (in German only) regarding better access to learning material and examinations for students with disabilities in all German Higher Education.

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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.

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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: 

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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..