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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.


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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 KIT.audio website.

CANCELLED: Orientation Unit 2020

Please remind: The SZS-Orientation unit for visually-impaired pupils will take place from 18 to 20 May 2020. Information

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.

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.

Foto Cognex Spendenübergabe
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.


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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 

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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.

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.

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.

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..