In the 21st Social Survey of the German National Association for Student Affairs - DSW), 11% of the students stated (severe) difficulties with their studies due to health impairments. HSBA aims at improving the study and working conditions of people with disabilities and chronic diseases. We would like to facilitate a study environment that is free of discrimination and based on equal opportunities. However, not all impairments are apparent in daily life at university. In addition to impaired mobility, vision, hearing and speech, students are increasingly affected by mental disorders (e.g. eating disorders, depression), chronic somatic diseases (e.g. allergies, asthma, rheumatism, heart- and kidney diseases, cancer) as well as specific learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia , dyscalculia, autism and AD(H)D).
We are your contact for all issues related to impairment and represent your interests in the University Council. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
Application and Admission
We will gladly advise and support you through the application process. In addition to providing information and advice about study programmes, we can discuss the basic conditions of the admission procedure as well as individual solutions for your specific impairment.
Everyday life at university is sometimes accompanied with barriers that are difficult to predict. This concerns general accessibility as well as specific technical demands for coping with study requirements. Please contact us if we can assist you in tackling barriers.
Compensation of Disadvantages
Disabled and chronically sick persons are required to learn the same material and meet the same exam requirements as non-impaired students. However, since studying with impairment goes often along with an increased expenditure of time and energy, "compensation of disadvantages" shall ensure equal opportunities in exam situations. Compensation of disadvantages are always individual solutions for specific impairments. They must be designed to actually offset the specific handicap. We would be happy to assist you with the “request for compensation for disadvantages” that you must submit to the examination office. In addition, the special provisions on compensation of disadvantages, maternity leave, parental leave and students with children are included in the examination regulations.
Even without a diagnosed disability or chronic disease, you will find confidential support for all study-related challenges, such as exam anxiety, time management, job pressure, etc. Our coaches offer a wide range of counseling services for study-related or personal problems.
We are also responsible for assisting employees with impairments. 82% of all severe disabilities are not inborn but arise during the course of life (Kastl 2010. p. 132-136). Employees should not hesitate to contact us if a disability or chronic disease develops during your employment at HSBA. We would be happy to discuss the possibilities of a barrier-free workplace.
Contract Lecturers and Guest Lecturers
We invite all lecturers to let us know about any impairments. Unfortunately, the HSBA is not yet fully barrier-free. However, we would be happy to assist you in finding a suitable room, an assistant and all other technical necessities.
“Studying with Disabilities” Information and Advice Centre (IBS)
The IBS provides extensive information regarding application, admission, financing, studying and examinations as well as professional life.
Maintenance Office (Versorgungsamt Hamburg)
The Maintenance Office evaluates the presence of a disability or chronic disease and issues handicapped IDs.