Accommodations & Services
The BeAble support program aims to improve the quality of everyday student life for persons with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.
Legal situation in Austria
According to §59 (1) Z 12 of the Universities Act, as a (non-)degree student with a disability you have the right to exam accommodations. Thus, as a student with disabilities, you can take courses and examinations of the same content and with the same requirements while being provided with suitable and reasonable accommodations.
Practical accommodations and services at WU Vienna
In order to ensure reasonable accommodations for disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and to allow for barrier-free access to student life on campus, the BeAble program offers many different support services, including:
Exam accommodations // Alternative exam arrangements
extension of the examination time, separate examination room, adaptation/enlargement of the examination form, tutor available
suitable for students with e.g. reading and/or spelling difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, visual impairments
Note-taking (assistance) // Scribe
especially for exams, but also for courses
suitable for students with e.g. motor impairments without assistance
Provision of technical aids (e.g. laptop)
suitable for students with e.g. motor impairments, visual impairments
Support in registering for continuous assessment courses
suitable for students who cannot participate in the registration process with equal opportunities due to their impairment or who are not flexible in terms of time due to the need for support/assistance during the course (e.g. sign language interpreter).
Suitable access to course materials
suitable, for instance, for students with visual impairments
Support with services at the self-service terminals
re-registration, printing of transcripts, confirmations, etc.
Advice and guidance
Depending on your individual situation, the BeAble program may also offer additional support services if need be.
Individuality is the key to success
Since disabilities may come and show in many different forms, it is necessary for the support services listed above to suit the student's respective situation.
For this reason, we schedule a consultation with every program applicant in order to comprehensively assess their respective situation, jointly find suitable support services and clarify possible questions. You can find more information about the initial consultation here.
FAQs on our accommodations & services
For which exams can I get accommodations and/or use support services?
Generally speaking, you can take advantage of the accommodations and support services mentioned in the recommendation for all relevant exams after consulting with your lecturers/exam coordinators. Depending on the nature of your impairment, it may be that the measures are only recommended for written or oral exams.
It is important that you let us know well in advance about your wish to get accommodations or services:
For exam weeks: Register via LPIS for the exam in question and write to us (email@example.com) by the deadline you were informed of which exams you wish to take.
For exams during courses: It is best to contact your lecturer at the beginning of the semester and inform him/her that you are a BeAble program participant and that you have a valid recommendation for different exam modalities.
When and where do the exams with different exam modalities take place?
You will receive an email either rom the BeAble team or your lecturer with the exact time and place your exam will take place.
How do I find out where I will take the exam?
That depends on which exam you are taking:
For exam weeks: We will let you know in good time where your exam will take place.
For exams during courses: Your lecturer will tell you where your exam will take place.
Does the support by BeAble cost anything?
No, the support provided by the BeAble team is free of charge.
Can I choose which support service I want before each exam?
You will receive a recommendation from us, in which one or more measures for different exam modalities are recommended that are specifically tailored to you and your situation.
After consulting with your lecturer/exam coordinators, you can take advantage of the accommodations and support services outlined in the recommendation.
The approved support services are not fitting for me or my impairment has changed and the support services are thus no longer a fit. What should I do?
In this case, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can set up a time to talk about what changes are needed to for better accessibility.
The BeAble team will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have.