Speech impediment

Students with speech impediments can encounter problems with:

  • participation in laboratory courses or tutorials (for example due to embarrassment/fear of speaking and the reaction of others)
  • presentations and oral examinations
  • internships

What can you do yourself?

Studying

  • Make sure the people concerned know that you have a speech impediment by telling them yourself or by using the services of the student supervisors. Discuss how you would like to be treated.
  • Make sure lecturers are informed in advance on how they can take your disability into account.
  • Find out to what extent your disability may affect you in carrying out possible professions.
  • Make sure you have additional means of communication, such as a pen and paper, so that you can communicate in writing if you want to.
  • Use means of communication such as recording and playback equipment.

Possible facilities

Studying

  • A regular partner for laboratory courses.
  • Extra support.
  • A regular contact in the event of problems, for example a study buddy.

Want to know more? Please ask a student counsellor for more information.

Examinations

  • The possibility of handing in an assignment at a different time.
  • The possibility of an alternative form of assessment, such as a video presentation instead of an oral presentation.
  • Spreading out modules/examinations.

Whether these facilities are available to you will be determined in a consultation with your academic counsellor.

Financial assistance

If you have experienced a delay in the progress of your studies due to your disability, you could be eligible for financial assistance under the Graduation Support Scheme or a provision of DUO. You can find more information here.