Studying with a disability
Are you a student at Maastricht University who has a physical, psychological and/or sensory disability, a chronic disease or another condition such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism or Crohn's disease? Then you can apply for support to make studying with your disability easier.
Please note: Due to the consequences of the coronavirus, all UM students (even if you're not in possession of a dyslexia statement) can temporarily apply for a ReadSpeaker TextAid license until July 31, 2020. Read more.
Information and support regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The corona virus creates a lot of uncertainty: the UM buildings are closed and online education has been introduced to limit the spread of the corona virus. We all have to adapt to this new situation, which requires extra effort from both students and staff. This applies to all students, but for students with a disability this can be an extra challenge and they may experience “new” problems. Think of students with a visual or hearing impairment who encounter certain problems because of distance education. However, students with other disabilities can also experience "new" obstacles during their studies.
The student counselors, study advisors, UM Student Deans and UM Psychologists are available (online) for you.
See also the COVID-19 related FAQs for students.
Do you need (new) facilities, do you encounter problems due to online education, or do you have questions about studying with a disability, please contact Disability Support at disability[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
If you need help to make studying with your disability easier, you can contact Disability Support. This is not compulsory, but please note that nothing will happen if you do not contact us first. If you apply for a special facility, Disability Support will assess your situation and look into the best solution for you. Alternatively, you can contact your study advisor at your faculty to discuss your specific situation and any possible help you may need from UM.
The disability or chronic disease is not listed on your diploma.
Would you like to receive more information? Do you have a specific question? Or do you have advice for other students with a disability? Disability Support is happy to help you.
Please note: Due to the consequences of the coronavirus, even UM students who are not in possession of a dyslexia statement can temporarily apply for a ReadSpeaker TextAid license until July 31, 2020. TextAid is an online tool that provides reading, writing, and studying literacy support. TextAid uses text-to-speech software. With this tool you have both a written and spoken version of your uploaded documents. There is a read-along cursor so that TextAid can support you both auditory and visual. If you want to use this free license until July 31, 2020, please surf to TextAid and sign in by clicking on "Sign in with Office 365" .
If this does not work, please send an email with the subject 'Request TextAid and your student ID' to Disability Support.
‘Readspeaker TextAid’ is an online tool that can help students with reading and creating texts. ReadSpeaker TextAid uses text-to-speech software. For more information, see: https://www.readspeaker.com/textaid/. You can request an account via disability[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl. Do not forget to send your dyslexia statement or another medical statement if you haven’t done that yet.
Have you incurred a study delay due to special personal circumstances, such as illness, family circumstances, pregnancy, a handicap or disability? Then you might be eligible for financial support from the UM 'Profileringsfonds' for students. One of the conditions is that you get Dutch study finance during the study delay.
For more information, please click here.
Students with a disability or chronic disease may be eligible for housing with urgency. If special modifications are needed it is important to indicate in time where an accommodation must meet, for example that the room must be wheelchair accessible. If no special modifications are necessary only the registration time will be adapted.
An urgent request based on a medical indication will only be granted when you first contact Disability Support and submit an official statement. Disability Support will eventually submit your request to the Advisor & Mediator of Maastrichthousing.
For students with autism (ASS) there is also the possibility for accommodation in the center via Stumass. For more infornation (only in Dutch), click here.
Labour market and internship
If you want to prepare yourself for entering the labour market or starting an internship, you can contact UM Career Services. They offer various workshop and lectures. You can also receive personal advise from the career adviser. In the Overview Career links on the Intranet you can find an overview of different websites containing information on the labour market and internships.