The Center for Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology (ACCESS@KIT) - the former Study Center for Visually impaired students (SZS) supports and advises visually impaired students and prospective students in all study courses offered at KIT. We also play an active role in teaching and in research on Assistive Technology. ACCESS@KIT works closely with the Computer Vision for Human-Computer Interaction research group.
In our news section below, we inform about events, projects, initiatives and new developments. Please check the News archive for search of previous topics.
On 14 May, you can get to know your university on site. ACCESS@KIT will also be participating and will have a stand in the Audimax foyer. More informations to the KIT-Campustag
On Friday, July 8, the fair "Besser sehen" will take place in Stuttgart in the Liederhalle. The ACCESS@KIT will be on site at the trade fair as a cooperation partner.
Together with TU Dresden, we are organizing a Special Thematic Session at ICCHP on "Digital solutions for inclusive mobility: solutions and accessible maps for indoor and outdoor mobility". Contributions are welcome.
Thanks to a generous donation from Cognex, we are able to purchase simulation glasses of various visual impairments and glasses for the correction of color vision deficiencies for self-experience tests. In addition, the donation allows us to provide our students with a mobile LED magnifier and a LED lamp.
The project is aimed specifically at students with disabilities and chronic diseases and is financed by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.
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Routago Assist is a special navigation app for people with blindness and low vision. The SZS and the research group cv:hci have developed the basics for this app together with the company iXpoint within the TERRAIN project. On 07 June, the start-up will present the business idea in the TV show "Die Höhle der Löwen".
The SZS participates in the campaign for the Low Vision Day 2021. Bollards are difficult to recognize and people with visual impairments can easily injure themselves. In this campaing they are made visible by a red and white striped cap. On June 07, starting at 10:30 a.m., it will take place on the KIT campus.
The student workroom could be equipped with a new Windows Surface with the help of a donation from the company Cognex. The SZS would like to thank Cognex for the generous donation.
The ActivityKIT project recommends various home workouts. These are instructed in such a way that blind and visually impaired people can also try them out. Nobody should have to do without exercise in times of Corona.more
The SZS participates in this year's ICCHP with four articles on the development of a Braille scanner, an eye-tracking based magnification program and two articles on the AccessibleMaps project.more
SZS and TU Dresden develop new approaches within the Accessible Maps project. It aims to improve the mobility of people with impairments by providing barrier-free indoor maps with accessibility features.more
The KIT research podcast reports on the work of the SZS in it's 21st episode. Listen to the podcast in German on the KIT.audio website.more
The podcasts offer different views on mobility in daily life and curtent research.
Guiding and Orientation Systems
The cane - AT or wand?
Mobility Training - How blind peole learn to explore the world.
See Project Websíte TERRAIN inclucing this and further podcasts.
(In German only)
The SZS developed a tactile map for the Zoo Karlsruhe together with the Rotary Club Karlsruhe who initiated and sponsored the project. The Baden Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired took part in the tests.
The map can be purchased at the entrance of the zoo for 10 euros. Now people with blindness or visual impairment can plan and carry out a visit to the zoo together with sighted persons.
The SZS participates in generating a memorandum (in German only) regarding better access to learning material and examinations for students with disabilities in all German Higher Education.more
The projects topic is resarch, networking and development of measures and structures leading to a healthy study environment at KIT in participative way. For further information: www.myhealth.kit.edumore
New: Current topics for Thesis as well als job offers for student tutors can be checked on this website. Informationmore
A free betatestversion, developed with the project SmartCampus_barrierefree is now available. Please take the chance of improving accessibility by giving feedback of your user experiences. Webapp. Projectinformation.more
In case of disability and if you are allowed to use public transports for free you can apply for refunding of the social contribution. Information and form (In German only)more
For information regarding the situation of road works and orientation in Karlsruhe caused by the "Kombilösung" please contact the hotline +49.721.133-5577. The number is available from from Monday till Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..