The «Accessible University» point of contact advises, supports and helps students and employees at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences to overcome challenges that arise from a disability or chronic illness.
If you live with an impairment or chronic illness that makes studying difficult, you can apply for «compensation for disadvantages» for academic achievements or performance records.
Get in contact with us. We would be happy to advise and support you.
Students and those in further education
The point of contact is intended for students and those in further education
- with physical impairments (e.g. people with hearing impairments, vision impairments, speech impairments, and people who use support and mobility devices)
- with mental illness (e.g. AD(H)D, depression, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder)
- with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia)
- with chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes, rheumatism, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis)
- Advice on applying for compensation for disadvantages
- Support with building-related accessibility
- Networks for those affected
Compensation for disadvantages
Students with an impairment or chronic illness may experience problems that may have a detrimental effect on their studies. If you live with an impairment or chronic illness that makes studying difficult, you can apply for «compensation for disadvantages» for academic achievements or performance records.
What you need to do
Contact the contact person responsible for accessibility where you are studying in good time to arrange a confidential discussion. They advise and support students affected by accessibility issues. To apply for compensation for disadvantages, please use the application form to the side (under Downloads).
To ensure that the relevant measures can be implemented, it is important that applications for compensation for disadvantages are submitted in good time, including the required documents, to the Accessible University contact at the relevant location.
For performance records during the semester, compensation for disadvantages can only be issued if the application is received by the Accessible University contact shortly after the start of the semester.
For tests at the end of the module in the fall semester, the deadline is calendar week 45.
For tests at the end of the module in the spring semester, the deadline is calendar week 15.
Please consult the «Instructions on Compensation for Disadvantages» (Weisung zum Nachteilsausgleich) on OST-Infoportal for further details and information for enrolled students and those in further education.
Services for other target groups
For all university members
- Information/advice on the subject of accessibility, studies and disabilities
- Offers for a professional contact with the persons concerned
- Advice for daily work in dealing with affected persons
- Advice for employees with impairments or chronic illnesses
For prospective students and external students
- Information/advice for prospective students and external persons/organizations
Informational leaflets for teachers
OST information leaflets
The swissuniability.ch webseite has been created by the Study and Disabilities Switzerland (Studium und Behinderung Schweiz) network. The network exists thanks to the commitment of many members of Swiss universities, who provide their knowledge and experience to help continually improve the website. The Study and Disabilities Switzerland network provides information leaflets on a number of impairments for teachers.
Accessibility is understood to mean equal and unimpeded access to buildings, spaces, information, communication systems and technologies, services, resources, development prospects and relevant documents for all university members. Barriers are not just understood to be physical or technical limitations, but also barriers related to attitudes and the environment. The point of contact is committed to ensuring an accessible university with equal opportunities.
Do you have questions about the topics of accessibility, studies and disabilities? Do you require support? Would you like to apply for compensation for disadvantages? Get in touch with the contact person where you are studying to arrange a confidential discussion.