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Mission statement of the Department for Motor and Developmental Disabilities in Rehabilitation and Education

The Department for Motor and Developmental Disabilities in Rehabilitation and Education focusses on a heterogeneous target group with a variety of needs. Next to impairments of the body, sensual and motor function they also have needs for support in communication, cognition as well as in social-emotional development. It is important for us, to look at the individuality of each person and their respective living contexts throughout the lifespan.

There are individual development- and learning starting points for each educational process, which are resulting from the individuality of everyone. In order to structure these educational processes, we provide evidence-based knowledge in the areas of (moto-) diagnostic, support and teaching as well as in the area of consulting for persons with physical impairments and professionals. This knowledge is provided in both courses of study, school and extracurricular.

The emphases in the range of courses are in the fields: early intervention, augmentative and alternative communication, moving- and perception training, adapted physical activities, pedagogy for children facing life-limiting conditions, media education and use of assistive technologies.

Within the teacher education courses specific competences and the ability to design differential lessons are important for us, so that our graduates are well prepared for individual and inclusive learning in heterogeneous groups. Therefore, concepts concerning a variety of needs for support are important to provide optimum support for pupils on their way to independence and self-determination.

Our courses are based on basic lectures:

·         medical basics, these cover causes and forms of physical impairments, life-limiting and chronical illnesses

·         historical basics of the pedagogy for physically disabled persons

·         Pedagogical knowledge regarding the process of the development of motor skills.

Additionally, we focus the contribution of digital media and media education to individualized support and inclusive education.

Important for us are a professional attitude and the obligation to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Our research focusses Augmentative and Alternative Communication, digital participation and media education.

You can find current research and dissertation projects here.