About Us

Our team of the Council for Disablity Concerns (SBV) of the TU Ilmenau performs its duties in accordance with § 178 SGB IX on the text of the law. We are happy to advise and support you in all questions of integration into working life, in the event of health problems in working life or prolonged illness and in the design of the workplace. We help you with applications to offices and authorities and are involved in proceedings for protection against dismissal. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us in good time. Your questions will be treated confidentially and solutions will only be found together with you. Our common goal is to create very good working conditions for severely disabled people and people who are treated as equals by the Federal Employment Agency at our university. Among other things, the TU Ilmenau has had a mobile audio system for use at events since 2016.


Representative for Disability Concerns:
Christine Spira
+49 3677 69-3318

1st Deputy: Katharina Trippler

After making an appointment by mail or telephone, the team of the Representative for Disability Concerns offers personal consultations in the office in the Kirchhoff Building, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 1, room 1094.

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Tasks and Rights of the Representative for Disability Concerns (SBV) in Easy Language

1. Monitor Rules and Laws

In working life there are rules and laws that are good for people with disabilities.

Example: People with disabilities are entitled to more holidays than people without disabilities. The SBC checks whether this rule is respected.

2. Request Measures

The SBV itself makes suggestions that are good for people with disabilities.

Example: Tina is deaf. In order for her to understand all the information at meetings with her work group, she needs a sign language interpreter.

The SBV applies for measures with the responsible authorities:

  • the employer
  • the integration office
  • the employment agency

3. Represent the Interests of Employees with Disabilities

The SBV represents the interests of people with disabilities vis-à-vis the employer. For example

  • questions
  • suggestions
  • problems
  • complaints

The SBV negotiates with the employer and then informs the employees.


4 Support with applications

The SVB supports the employees with applications.

Example: Anna has injured her eyes in an accident. She is blind in one eye. She wants to apply for a severely disabled person's card. The SVB helps her with the application.


5. The Employer Must Inform and Consult the SBV.

The SBV has a right of participation. This means: The employer must inform the SBV about everything that concerns employees with disabilities.


  • Disabled employees are to be promoted
  • Disabled employees are to be dismissed
  • Disabled employees are to be offered another job

Before the employer makes a decision on the matter, he must consult the SBV. The employer must inform the SBV of the decision immediately. If the employer dismisses a person with a disability without involving the SBV, the dismissal is not effective.


6. Council for Disability Concerns Attends Meetings

The SBV takes part in all meetings of

  • Works Council
  • Staff Council
  • the committees of the councils
  • Health and Safety Committee

If the SBV wants to discuss a topic that is important for one or more employees with disabilities, it can submit a motion: The SBV may be present at the vote, but may not vote. This means that the SBV does not have the right to vote on the decisions.


7. Conduct Meetings

The SBV shall hold a meeting with the persons with disabilities in the company or in the department 1 time a year. The boss should also attend. If there are important issues, the SBV may hold additional meetings. Examples of important issues:

  • Part of the business is to move to another location.
  • The company wants to use new technologies.
  • Jobs are to be lost.

8. SVB Takes Part in Training Courses

The representative for severely disabled persons may attend training courses and further training during working hours. They still receive full pay.

Important: The employer must not treat the SBV worse than the other employees because of their work.