Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment

Support for students with disabilities

The Institute Integriert Studieren is a teaching and research facility at Johannes Kepler University in Upper Austria for accessibility and assisted technologies and a support centre for students with disabilities.

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Support for students with disabilities
Organisation:Johannes Kepler University, Linz/Institute Integriert Studieren
Country
of origin
Austria

DATES & FIGURES

This support for students with disabilities has been available at Johannes Kepler University for 20 years including extensive awareness-raising, addressing the university and employers.

PROJECT

Preparing graduates with disabilities for employment is considered an essential element of the Institute Integriert Studieren´s mandate. Social skills are imparted early, during studies, so graduates can confidently apply for highly qualified jobs. Acquiring on-the-job training during studies is viewed as central for successfully entering the employment world. The measures aimed at students (for example, specific training courses) are supplemented by a mentoring system featuring representatives from potential employers, as well as purposeful awareness-raising at Johannes Kepler University (JKU).

Originally a pilot project of the Austrian Ministry of Science, it has been adopted by the university.

IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES

According to the project managers, since the turn of this century similar centres have been set up or functions taken over at several universities in Austria, for example, at the Universities of Graz, Klagenfurt and Vienna University of Technology.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND READING

CONTACT

Prof Klaus Miesenberger (Deputy Chair, Institute)
Johannes Kepler University
Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria
Phone: +43 732 2468 3751
Email: klaus.miesenberger@jku.at

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