Gateway – an accessible multimedia information and communication platform

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Gateway is an accessible multimedia information and communication platform for blind, visually impaired, deaf and hearing-impaired students and academics. The online-portal is designed in such a way that it optimally suits the needs of the individual user groups in terms of its media didactics and information technology. The goal of the project is to support hearing and visually impaired people in terms of their choice of course of studies as well as during their studies and afterwards in their career choice. Besides the accessible online-portal with career-relevant information and communication aids for hearing and visually impaired, the latter are supported by Gateway´s individually coordinated offers of assistance. This includes study guidance, orientation and mobility training as well as courses to promote the effective use of the new media during their studies. Additionally, tutors are counseled regarding accessible university didactics.



Dr. Klaudia Grote





Prior to the studies, interested people are provided with information of the different study opportunities with regard to their career aspiration. During the studies, Gateway supports students developing working techniques by using the newest technical aids as well as contacting companies in order to plan study-related internships at home and abroad. Furthermore, students get prepared for a successful career start with application trainings and corporate contacts during their studies. Even after graduating, Gateway helps graduates finding an appropriate workplace. During this stage, graduates can also share their knowledge with new students and thus support them.


Gateway is a cooperation of the IT-College in Putbus and the universities Aachen and Karlsruhe. With regard to the project, both universities supervise students with hearing or visually impairment. The RWTH Aachen University looks especially after concerns of deaf or hearing-impaired students, whereas the Karlsruher Institut for Technologie (KIT) focusses on blind and visually impaired students.


Gateway wurde von 2010 - 2013 vom Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales gefördert.


Lars Döhnel, Lotte Feiser, Dr. Klaudia Grote, Dr. Florian Kramer, Thomas Lehmann, Christinne Linnartz, Jacqueline Schmidt, Christian Schönrank, Jan Schumacher, Horst Sieprath, Julian Till


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