The Selbsthilfebüro Heidelberg (Heidelberg self-help office) brings together the various self-help groups in the region. It will help you find groups for people with various illnesses and disabilities, as well as the regional specialist agency for participation counselling (EUTB) and support services for setting up your own self-help group.
For students with visual impairments
The Deutsche Verein der Blinden und Sehbehinderten (dvbs) in Studium und Beruf (German association of blind and visually impaired people in studies and work) hosts meetings and conferences for blind and visually impaired students nation-wide. It offers advisory services on resources, education, and career prospects for students and graduates.
The Badischer Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein (BBSV) offers information and free counselling. It also organises leisure events and campaigns for the interests of blind and visually impaired people.
For students with hearing disabilities
Deafies Heidelberg is a group for young people with hearing impairments from Heidelberg. The team organises regular meetings and joint activities.
The regulars' table is aimed at anyone who is curious and interested in sign language and in Deaf culture. Hearing and deaf people will meet here to communicate in sign language in a relaxed environment.
The Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft hörbehinderter Studierender und Absolventen (BHSA; Federal Association of Hearing-Impaired Students and Graduates) offers regular one-week introductory seminars for deaf and hearing-impaired applicants and first-year students. Participation in accompanying seminars that provide information, contacts, and exchange of experiences with others is possible in the further course of studies. The BHSA Study Guide, a handbook for the hearing impaired, is available from the working group. It offers helpful information on the course of studies, advice in particular for hearing-impaired people, and reports on the experiences of students from many faculties. You can borrow the study guide from us as well.