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The University of Teacher Education in Special Needs (HfH) Utilizes Drupal

The HfH is a specific educational university with a focus on curative and special educational issues, designed to meet the purpose of “education for all” – science-based, practice-oriented and broadly anchored. After the pitch process, Dream Production was allowed to relaunch its complex and comprehensive website.

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Drupal platform for HfH - certified for accessibility according to WCAG 2.1 at level AA+

The Briefing

Dream Production was commissioned to implement and relaunch the website and platform based on the rough concept developed by Eyekon. The first thing to do was to develop a content-related, technically and visually detailed concept for the comprehensive functionalities.

The website contains extensive content of various types: educational courses, publications, people, etc. These diverse content types are intelligently linked via sophisticated, multi-level tagging vocabularies and relevant content is aggregated and displayed at various locations on the website – be it content pages, articles, scientific projects or shop items. For the implementation, the CMF Drupal has almost imposed itself.

Connection to the Azure Active Directory and Daylight

Furthermore, the website includes an integration with the Azure Active Directory, which, on the one hand, synchronises all employees and makes them accessible in the person finder and, on the other hand, provides a single sign-on so that employees can maintain their profile, enter scientific publications or order at reduced prices in the web shop.

The further training offer is synchronized via the Daylight educational software and displayed in the further training planner.

Database for publications

In addition, a framework was implemented that allows the Research & Development department to administrate scientific projects and related publications. The publications are issued according to the APA standard on the website or on the employee profiles. This structured data is synchronized with the internal research database via REST interfaces.

Webshop for educational media

The website also has an integrated web shop where employees or students can buy educational media at a reduced price. The web shop is operated by the HfH library and it is integrated with the on-site shop. Both the inventory and the cash desk of the library are processed via the online shop.


As an educational institution focused on special and remedial education, it is crucial that the website is optimized and certified according to the WCAG 2.1 AA+ accessibility standard. This goal was achieved, and issued the corresponding certificate after an intensive review in 2023.

Quick Facts

  • Integrations

    Microsoft Azure Active Directory for personal data, Daylight Software for course management, REST interface to the internal HfH research database

  • Functionalities

    Single Sign-On, Web shop, Further education planner, Topic finder, Research database, Complex content and tagging structures, News, Various content types

  • AA+

    The website is accessible. Accessibility Certificate level: WCAG 2.1 AA+