The Study Centre for Blind and Partially Sighted Students (SZS) has emerged from the pilot project "Informatics for the Blind Studies for Visually impaired People in Informatics and Economic Engineering" which from autumn 1987 until spring 1993 had been supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research in Bonn and by the Ministry of Science and Research of the Land Baden-Württemberg. Based on the technical developments of the Institute for the Development of Operation and Dialogue Systems at the Faculty of Informatics, this pilot project was intended to open new study and job possibilities to the visually impaired which until then been practically denied to them. These possibilities were assumed to exist above all in the area of natural sciences, engineering and economics. By using the latest information and communication technology, the visually impaired students were supposed to learn to act independently both in personal and study matters.
Since this pilot project proved to be a great success it was transformed into a permanent institution of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and institutionalised as the Study Centre for Blind and Partially Sighted Students.
During university life the visually impaired students are confronted with the same demands and requirements with regard to studies and examinations as their sighted fellow students - the SZS therefore considers it its responsibility to compensate for the limitations they endure due to their disablement.