Should I Say Something? If So, to Whom? Opportunities for and risks of speaking openly about health impairments while at university



  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.
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As many as 11% of students at German higher education institutions have health impairments that can make studying harder for them. Of those, 90% have impairments that are not visible and thus go largely unnoticed during their day-to-day lives at university. Empirical studies show that many students with impairments fear being disadvantaged, discriminated against, and stigmatized during their studies and in their careers if they disclose their situation. Others have unfounded fears about the confidentiality of their health-care data. However, by hiding their health impairments, students deprive themselves of proven methods that can offset their disadvantages and have a positive impact on their time at university.

This event will outline and discuss the opportunities and risks inherent to disclosing your health impairment.

This event is conducted by the Office for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses.

Find more information about the program and tips for your studies on the StudienPerspektivTage website.

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Dr. Maike Gattermann-Kasper, Koordinatorin für die Belange von Studierenden mit Behinderungen oder chronischen Krankheiten
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