The Dräger & Lienert GbR shows that the right software can benefit blind, visually impaired and sighted employees. Thanks to its diverse inclusive software portfolio for a variety of applications, the Marburg-based company has managed to succeed in international markets. In Canada, the company distributes its products via U-R-Able. At this point, blind computer scientists in Canada, as well as blind lawyers in Australia, the U.S. and Canada successfully use products made by Dräger & Lienert in their place of work.
In Germany, Hansjörg Lienert and his team are also committed to motivating software developers to design software that is accessible to people with disabilities. "Accessible software breaks down barriers. You can add-on Braille components and a screen reader, enabling a blind person to work with it," says Lienert.
If a municipality acquires software, Lienert recommends setting up a contractual obligation to secure an accessible system that is stringently tested by users and experts. "That’s when some software companies point out that this is more expensive. While that’s true, it also gives them a greater chance to win tenders," explains Lienert. "After all, companies that don’t design accessible software will be pushed out of the market in the long term. It’s all about sustainability: How forward-thinking are you? This puts pressure on the competition – but it’s positive pressure in my book." Find out how Hansjörg Lienert creates an accessible workstation and read about the benefits of inclusive software in the workplace – even for colleagues without disabilities – in our REHACARE.com interview.
The fact of the matter is that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes labor force participation as an integral part of disability inclusion – and therefore a human right. Special resources or workplace accommodations can offer effective support. Ultimately, it’s a win-win situation where everyone benefits: Employees revel in self-determination and accessibility in the workplace, while companies keep or attract qualified, high-skilled and motivated professionals.