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
What can you do yourself?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.