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Studying with a speech disability

Having a speech disability is a health condition that can impact your learning at Leiden University.

Speech disability can co-exist with or be an effect of other disability types such as a hearing disability or mental health issues. No matter the type, speech disability mainly affects communication. This means that studying with a speech disability may require additional effort to, for example, engage in discussions and communicate with teachers, peers and university staff. Still, many students study successfully and accomplish many things despite their diagnosis. Leiden University has a range of study adjustments available to support you throughout your studies.

Adaptations can be made to the ways in which you follow classes and take exams. Special arrangements and facilities offered by Leiden University for students with a speech disability are:

  • Text-to-speech software, that reads your study materials aloud whilst highlighting the text. For this you will need digital versions of your study materials. You can contact Fenestra for both the software and the digital versions.   
  • Alternative assignments
  • Having an alternative type of examination when a test relies on oral speech
  • Taking personal circumstances into consideration for your BSA (Binding Study Advice)

Request adaptations: make an appointment 

To arrange special adaptations for your studies, please make an appointment with Fenestra Disability Centre, Leiden University’s information centre for students with a disability.

Inform your study adviser

Make sure to let your study adviser know that you have requested advice from Fenestra.

Guidance & advisors

Fenestra Disability Centre provides advice on all disability-related matters. If you need support in other areas, there are other advisers available.
See all advisers and guidance services


Additional facilities in the home might be both needed and welcome if you have a disability.
Read more about housing

Financial support

Students with a disability can incur additional expenses both during their studies and in daily life. There are a number of regulations, funds and special allowances in place that can help to ease the financial burden.
Read more about financial support

Healthcare and home care

In some circumstances you might need additional healthcare or home care facilities or support.  
Read more about healthcare and home care

Legal protection

According to the Act on the Equal Treatment of the Disabled and Chronically Ill, it is strictly forbidden to discriminate on the grounds of disability and chronic illness when providing employment, accommodation, goods and services.
Read more about legal protection

Social support

Staying in contact with other students might not always be easy but it is very important. Find out about the different ways in which you can meet other students.

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