A new service facility at the University of Innsbruck is intended to provide better support for students with attention or learning disorders as well as autism. With a corresponding diagnosis, such students can qualify for “modified examination modalities”.
Modified examination modalities do not give individual priorities, but would create the necessary prerequisite for the equal opportunities sought by the University of Innsbruck, through which those affected can achieve an academic degree regardless of their limitations, it said on Thursday in a broadcast. The service facility for students at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck is available to all affected students across all faculties and is located at the Institute for Psychology.
Diagnosis is important for changing the examination modality
In addition to advice and information, the clarification or diagnosis of the corresponding clinical pictures is particularly relevant. Proof of one of the new psychological diagnoses is necessary in order to qualify for “modified examination modalities”.
The directors of the new service facility, Liane Kaufmann and Elisabeth Weiss, say that committed young people with individual opportunities, due to their impairments in regular university operations, have difficulties in meeting the requirements within the framework. “The difficulties mentioned can thus represent a serious hurdle for the academic career of the young people concerned and accordingly limit their choice of career.”
Land supports the service point
The new service point is supported by the state of Tyrol with 90,000 euros. Regional Councilor Annette Leja (ÖVP) says that education is the key to opening many doors in life. “We live in a country with a very high level of education and we also have to ensure that the diverse range of offers can be used by everyone,” says Leja.