Accessible workplace design makes inclusion possible in the workplace

10/14/2015
Picture: Lecture in the CCD 2014

Numerous exhibitors introduce support and consulting options in lectures at REHACARE 2015; © Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Participation in the workforce is one of the most important prerequisites for successful inclusion. If you truly want to promote and not just talk about it, you need to provide persons with disabilities with a realistic chance in the primary labor market. Numerous exhibitors introduce support and consulting options for persons with disabilities in the workplace in lectures at the REHACARE 2015.

The Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IdW) once again participates at the trade fair and presents the REHADAT comprehensive information portal that’s all about disabilities and vocational integration. The free information services are primarily aimed at affected parties that can find information on auxiliary aids as well as practical examples taken from the professional life at www.rehadat.de. Currently, the database includes approximately 100,000 entries that are continuously updated. In July of 2015, the selection was supplemented with three new topic portals.

 
 
Graphic: Severely disabled employees

Recently, the employment rate of severely disabled employees in companies with at least 20 associates was 4.7 percent; © 2015 IW Medien - IW 19

More and more companies in Germany employ persons with disabilities

Recently, the employment rate of severely disabled employees in companies with at least 20 associates was 4.7 percent – compared to 4 percent in 2003. At this point, approximately 40 percent of severely disabled persons between the ages of 15 and 64 are gainfully employed. For some time now, big companies also specifically go to great lengths to hire employees with disabilities. For the past one and a half years, SAP, for example, increasingly employs people with autism spectrum disorder who often have high logical reasoning and analytical abilities.

At REHACARE 2015, the IdW informs about the opportunities REHADAT offers persons with disabilities in two lectures during the first and second day of the trade fair.

 
 
Picture: Björn Hagen

Björn Hagen: "We were already able to guide approximately 12,000 persons with disabilities into a career with custom-tailored vocational rehabilitation"; © Fortbildungsakademie der Wirtschaft

Outpatient approach: advantages in vocational rehabilitation

Björn Hagen, Head of the Department of Rehabilitation at the Academy for Continuing Education in Economics (German: Fortbildungsakademie der Wirtschaft), FAW, advocates an outpatient approach in vocational rehabilitation. He explains, "Vocational rehabilitation generally takes place, where the affected parties reside, and at companies on site. We are thus located where the insured person lives and wants to work. An FAW rehabilitation expert always accompanies the person in need of rehabilitation. We were already able to guide approximately 12,000 persons with disabilities into a career with custom-tailored vocational rehabilitation. Companies urgently need persons in rehabilitation that reenter the labor market."

The FAW introduces its concept at REHACARE 2015 with a lecture on the second day of the trade fair that specifically addresses outpatient vocational rehabilitation and workplace inclusion of hearing impaired and deaf persons.

 
 
Bild: Gripability im Einsatz

Gripability provides system solutions to place and position required elements, so a workplace can be equipped; © Gripability GmbH

Adaptive workplaces for persons with physical disabilities

It requires more than just the willingness to implement inclusion for persons with physical disabilities to be able to participate in the working world. Employees often also need special auxiliary aids that make it possible for them to perform their job duties and responsibilities. "A workplace that is optimized to individual needs is often the prerequisite for persons with disabilities to deliver an economically optimal performance," says Patrick Oeffner, CEO of Gripability GmbH. His company provides system solutions to place and position required elements, so a workplace can be equipped with a desk on top of a wheelchair for example. Since the Gripability solution is based on a modular system, it is possible to repeatedly redesign the workplace and adapt the working aids within a short time.

"This way, an employee with a disability is able to carry out the same work assignments in different variations and simultaneously address and promote his or her individual skills," explains Oeffner. Gripability introduces its solutions for adaptive workplaces in a lecture on the third day of the trade fair at REHACARE 2015.

As you can see, once again the subject of "Jobs and Careers" takes up the space it deserves at the REHACARE 2015. Once more, exhibitors present many support and consulting options not only in multiple lectures but also at the "Persons with Disabilities and the Workplace" theme park.

 
 
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