In a lot of countries, joint lessons of children with and without disabilities are still a reason for discussions among teachers and parents. And in Germany, there is an obligation by law to hire severely disabled people, according to the size of the company. But 95 percent of the employers ransom themselves from this obligation. Reason enough to have a look for alternatives. Read more in the Topic of the Month November: Inclusion in profession and education.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, children with disabilities should have access to an inclusive education. But the reality often appears to be very different. What is the next step after school? Vocational training, university studies or sheltered workshop after all? The wants and needs still differ greatly from what our society is currently permitting.
Those who have started their education in an inclusive classroom at a regular school generally also want to continue on their path to inclusion – for their vocational education for instance. And those who were not able to make this experience, often wished they had. To ensure that young people with disabilities don’t have to be on their own and fend for themselves, there are options that support them on their way to a career.
Dennis Winkens is a prime example of implemented workplace inclusion: as an online editorial writer, the quadriplegic professionally writes about various auxiliary aids and services. REHACARE.com visited the 28-year-old in Remscheid (Germany) at his workplace and learned how he found his way into his job and what obstacles he had to overcome.