Studying at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) with a disability or study limitation

A disability (like a physical disability, chronic illness, AD(H)D, dyslexia, etc.) or a study limitation (such as serious personal or family circumstances) do not need to be obstacles to study at DAE. With the right guidance and facilities most students with disabilities or study limitations can complete their studies successfully.

DAE prefers to think in terms of opportunities rather than limitations. That is why we look for additional support and adjustments where needed and whenever possible; provided that the level of education is not affected and that the disability or study limitation is reported to the student counsellor (possibly through your mentor) in advance. In case a disability or study limitation occurs later in the study, the student counsellor must be notified (possibly through your mentor) as soon as possible. 

What is a disability
A disability can take various forms. From learning disabilities, chronic illnesses and psychological impairments, to movement, visual and hearing impairments. A disability is generally chronic. DAE works in accordance with the Law on Equal Treatment on the grounds of disability and chronic illness. This means that you will be given the opportunity to properly do your study – we will always make it fair and make the necessary adjustments.

What is a study limitation
Study limitations can be diverse. Not only a disability, but also other circumstances can limit you in your studies; for example serious personal or family circumstances. Such a study limitation is in most cases temporary.

What kind of support can DAE offer

  • Support by means of study counseling: After you have reported your disability or study limitations to the student counsellor (possibly through your mentor), you can talk with your mentor about your study progress and personal well-being.  When study delay might occur, your mentor can support you (in consultation with the student counsellor) in a possible request for an alternative study plan, or a possible request to be temporarily exempted from the 80% attendance standard. Please note that this is only possible when the necessity is clear and the requests must be approved by the Board of Exams.
  • Support by means of intensified personal counseling: Whenever you feel the need for (confidential) personal counseling, you can ask the student counsellor and/or your mentor. In general we advise students with an autism spectrum disorder to have contact more often than for example students with slight dyslexia. The student counsellor can help you to get in contact with external (professional) guidance. The student counsellor can also assist in administrative actions regarding study finance/support in case this might apply to you. 
  • Support by means of special facilities: Students with indicated dyslexia or attention disorder, who have reported this in time to the student counsellor (possibly through their mentor), are entitled to the standard additional test time, and on request the use of a laptop. We advise students with autism spectrum disorder to make sure to have their own external (professional) guidance, at least from the moment they start their studies at DAE. When needed, facilities like customized furniture, or a quiet space to rest, can be organized.

Accessibility to the building
DAE is wheelchair accessible. However, we advise you to request a meeting in advance on this topic with the student counsellor because of the use of the mechanical workshops.

Reporting on time
We want to emphasize once more that it is important to inform the student counsellor (possibly through your mentor) as soon as possible about your disability or study limitation so facilities can be organized on time, to avoid unnecessary delay.

In case you would like to consult the student counsellor or mentor before you decide on or start your study at DAE, feel free to contact us. On Open Days both the student counsellor as well as the mentors are present.

Privacy policy
DAE works according to the Law on Personal Data Protection. Person-sensitive information is stored internally in a strictly confidential file by the student counsellor. Only when necessary and when agreed on with the student, will parts of this file be communicated to other people in the school. Only in strict confidentiality and only when the procedure prescribes the Exam Board receives information (short notes or statements) regarding your disability or study limitation.


Student counsellor

Mentor year 1 & 2

Mentor year 3 & 4

Olga Pullens

Mona Smits

Karina van Eeten


Anne Ligtenberg - More than words
Department: Man and Well being

Much has been written about dyslexia in words − the very form that dyslexics find most difficult. As a dyslexic herself, Anne Ligtenberg knows well the problems that words present. She wanted to find a new way to communicate the effects of the disorder, without only relying on language. Instead of just ‘telling the story’, in her book, the structure itself symbolises the two hemispheres of the brain: one side of the book is more language-based and the other is more visual. To understand the whole picture, you have to make connections between both parts of the book.