Tips for studying with a disability

UM wants to make studying with a disability as easy as possible for you. Facilities and support are therefore available within the UM. This page contains an overview with several tips and some links to organisations that are relevant for studying with a disability.

General tips

  • If you experience hindrances as a result of your disability, tell Disability Support and your study advisor about this.
  • Make an appointment with your tutor at the start of the course. Together you can look at how you will successfully complete the course. For example, you can ask for an extended exam time or an alternative form of examination.
  • Ask lecturers for appropriate study materials that you can use. If needs be, the materials can be converted to a different reading form. This may take a while, so make sure you ask your lecturers in good time.
  • Let your fellow students and lecturers know how they can help you best. Then the expectations are realistic.
  • You can request a permanent study partner (buddy). You can arrange this via the study adviser or student dean.

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Overview facilities per faculty
Applying for support for studying with a disability 
​Regelhulp, a guide (in Dutch) from the government for everybody who needs care and support   
Support for living with a disability in South Limburg  
UnliMited network




Studying with an auditory disability

  • Don't be afraid to ask lecturers and others to speak clearly and calmly.
  • If lecturers use a microphone then you can make use of the audio induction loop. Please note: these are not present in all lecture rooms. View the overview per faculty.
  • Request written notes before the verbal presentations take place.

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SH-jong, an organisation for deaf young people

Studying with autism

  • In the case of group work clearly state how you function best. And, for example, that you need a fixed task and clarity.
  • Ask the students you work with to confirm appointments and exercises by email. That will help you maintain an overview.
  • Try to develop a study routine and adopt a fixed rhythm.
  • Look at what is important and make a priority list.
  • Make a year, week and day planning.

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Training course time management and study skills via the UM Psychologists
Service Desk Autism (only in Duth) 

Studying with a visual disability

  • Ask your lecturers if they have the teaching material in the form that you prefer. For example digitally, printed in a large font or a spoken text. Sometimes presentations are also available digitally.
  • Request books, articles, journals and course booklets in good time. Then they can be converted into another form.

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Stichting passend lezen (appropriate reading) (only in Dutch) 

Studying with dyslexia

  • Ask lecturers to use clear teaching material. With sufficient contrast, large letters, little text per page and a clear layout. Also ask for this in the case of exams

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Stichting passend lezen (appropriate reading)

Studying with a speech disability

  • During lectures and in study groups make it clear that your speech is difficult to understand or cannot be understood. Then lecturers and your fellow students can take this into account.
  • In the case of verbal exams ask for a written alternative or extra time.

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Nederlandse federatie stotteren (Dutch Federation of Stutterers)

Studying with a limited arm-hand function

  • Ask your lecturer for more time to study materials and to make notes. And whether you can do alternative assignments such as a (video) presentation or assignments recorded on audiotape.
  • Ask your fellow students if you may use their notes.

Studying with a physical disability

  • Ask a fellow student to make recordings if you cannot be at the lecture due to teaching rooms that are not accessible. Of course this is only possible if there is not a requirement to be present.
  • Ask the lecturer for split computer assignments if computer assignments form to big a burden.
  • In some buildings there is a rest room. You can make use of this.

Studying with a psychological condition

  • Make use of the free services of a student psychologist.
  • In many cases it helps to talk with people about the things that concern you. They can support you or see issues from a different perspective.
  • Make sure that you can fall back on somebody during the moments that you find things difficult.

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UM Psychologists
Fonds psychische gezondheid [Mental health fund] (in Dutch)
Lucertis - Ambulant Maastricht (in Dutch)