Hazem Omran

Hazem Omran radiates relief when he talks about his ADHD diagnosis. It’s only been official since last April. “Before that, I was constantly wondering: what’s wrong with me?”

Hazem on campus

IBCoM student Hazem: ‘People with ADHD aren’t lazy; we really do our best’

What is studying with a functional disability like? Often there are additional…

Music matters to Hazem. During the pandemic, the second-year student learned to play guitar and piano. Without a teacher, but with the help of YouTube, sore fingers and above all a lot of focus.

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Hazem hasn’t yet totally mastered the art of not giving a fuck

Music matters to Hazem. During the pandemic, the second-year student learned to play…

“You should try walking in the shoes of someone who has ADHD, autism or some other mental health condition”, Hazem reasons. If the university wants to become a better place for students with functional impairments, empathy is a first step, the communications student sums up.

Hazem Omran juni 2022 – Ronald van den Heerik

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Lazy, lax or loud? Teach teachers how we really are, says Hazem with ADHD

"You should try walking in the shoes of someone who has ADHD, autism or some other mental…

Audrey Ng-a-Tham

The tests she took at age fifteen were not conclusive. However, her parents’ and teachers’ stories ‘showed very clearly that I’m autistic’, says Audrey Ng-a-Tham. There was a time when she did not believe she had a future ahead of her, let alone that she’d be able to get through a degree programme.

Audrey

‘Will I be OK out in the world’, Audrey wondered after she was diagnosed with autism

The tests she took at age fifteen were not conclusive. However, her parents’ and…

On the ice rink, Audrey can be completely herself. It’s a safe place where she can also do what she enjoys: figure skating. “I thought: if I’m going to continue living, I might as well do something fun too.”

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On the ice rink, Audrey is completely herself, without anyone finding it odd

What is it like studying with an impairment? Often there are additional challenges and…

Audrey would like a ‘recovery week’ after exams, for people both with and without autism. Because we’re not so different. Everyone needs to learn how to manage stimuli and stress. And if anyone knows how to do that, people with autism do. “Welcome to my world.”

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Everyone can learn from people with autism, says Audrey with autism

Audrey Ng-a-Tham would like a ‘recovery week’ after exams, for people both with and…

Letthe Riemen

It’s not always easy for Letthe to sit by herself at the front during a lecture. But as she’s hard of hearing, that’s a must, otherwise she won’t understand the lecturer. “I’d like to fully accept my impairment, but it’s certainly no fun dealing with all the barriers I face.”

Letthe

Hard of hearing Letthe: ‘People sometimes think I’m arrogant, but I just don’t hear them’

It’s not always easy for Letthe to sit by herself at the front during a lecture. But as…

Why do they make it so hard for someone who reads books about economics for fun to do a degree in economics? Letthe Riemen does not understand. When we visit the Donner book shop with her, it is obvious to us that she really does love reading.

Letthe Riemen in bookstore Donner

Letthe’s love for reading is helping her deal with study-related stress

What is studying with a functional disability like? Often there are additional…

Letthe does not need to think twice. How can the university become a better place for students with a functional impairment? “Student advisors should be given a greater say and should become more assertive”, she says without any hesitation. “They should be your lobbyist. They should be advocating for your rights. Right now, they‘re just channels.”

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Letthe: ‘I don’t understand why people with a functional impairment have to work so much harder’

Letthe Riemen does not need to think twice. How can the university become a better place…

Linda Koster

The next time first-year student Linda Koster wakes up, she may be blind. This is a possibility she has resigned herself to, since she suffers from a retinal disease. How did she deal with the diagnosis? By taking her time, enjoying life and gradually learning to feel more optimistic about the future.

Linda

Linda is (probably) going blind: ‘Despite this uncertainty, I want to work towards my future’

The next time first-year student Linda Koster wakes up, she may be blind. This is a…

Linda loves leopard print, her boyfriend Joost, her family, going to the gym and buying shoes, but what she loves most, possibly, is Feyenoord, to the point where she is certain her heart is coloured red and white – the colours of the Rotterdam-based football club she supports.

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The Kuip is the place where Linda can leave it all behind

Feyenoord for life, and a life focused on Feyenoord. Linda is a born-and-bred Feyenoord…

Kyra Mulders

Kyra usually gets around in a wheelchair. But campus Woudestein is so inaccessible that she sent a cry for help to the rector. “Excuse my language, but it really is shit.”

(hoofdfoto) Kyra Mulders1 – Sanne van der Most – ontoegankelijke campus

Student Kyra: ‘The campus is a veritable hell for people in wheelchairs’

Kyra usually gets around in a wheelchair. But campus Woudestein is so inaccessible that…

At Kyra’s home you’ll see all the colours of the rainbow. She is the creative type and loves to paint. She gets to go all out on the largest creative project she has ever undertaken: her own accessible home. All too often, accessibility is not a given for Kyra.

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Pink, vintage blue and green – Kyra gets to go all out in her own home

What is studying with a functional impairment like? Often there are additional…