Creation and development

The initiative reaches back to the beginning of the 1990s, when disabled and chronically ill students started networking through the Austrian Students' Association and the Independent-living-movement. In 1993, the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research commissioned the first survey on the situation of disabled students, which was undertaken by the Institute of Education at the University of Salzburg. In the mid-1990s an Office for the disabled was established at the Leopold-Franzens-University for the first time. In consequence of the university autonomy in 2004 the Offices for the disabled became directly embedded into the structure of the Austrian universities.

The Office for the disabled is subordinate to the vice rectorate for educational affairs and students, it fulfills a consultative role at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck and on the basis of peer support it is run by staff which members are persons with disabilities. That is how the University of Innsbruck builds a path towards equal opportunities for disabled and chronically ill students.


Take a look at our 2-pillar-model


  • representing the interests of disabled or chronically ill students
  • equality and inclusion: disability policy at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck
  • individual and need-orientated consultation and help to questions concerning studies
  • public relations – internally and in cooperation with important associations in Tyrol and in Austria
  • removal of constructional barriers and barrier-free planning and realization in new buildings - only after assignment
  • enhancing support for disabled and/or chronically ill students
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