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EUTB Peer Counseling – Support at eye level


Questions about rehabilitation or participation? In Germany, people with disabilities, their family members or people at risk of disability can call on EUTB (English: Complementary Independent Participation Counseling), to receive free nationwide support. The service emphasizes peer counseling – peers helping peers – and is an important tool to foster empowerment.
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Peer Counseling: Guidance at eye level makes a positive impact on society


Empathy and understanding others can sometimes help more than offering a concrete solution to a problem. That’s because ultimately we all just want to be understood and don’t want to feel alone with our fears and feelings. Peer counseling is based on this premise. Find out how it works and learn about the impact this type of impartial and free support can have on people with disabilities.
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Peer Counseling in hospitals: Empowering amputees


Whether it’s motivating patients throughout the lengthy fitting process for the prosthesis or sharing ways to make everyday life easier – there are many questions and challenges facing a person after amputation. The German project "Peers im Krankenhaus" (PiK, English: Hospital Peers) was created to support people after amputation, to encourage them in talks and give a positive perspective on life.
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Empowerment at eye level – Peer Counseling


Whether personal budget, rehabilitation or supply of auxiliary means – many of these topics raise questions for people with different disabilities. It is therefore all the more important that they receive competent advice. This is why the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities also stipulates the right to Peer Counseling: affected persons advise affected persons.
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"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"


Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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"The patient’s needs determine the conversation in peer counseling"


Article 26 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities asks for the support of persons with disabilities in the form of so-called peers, who are in the same situation. The concept of peer counseling is therefore increasingly being implemented. Educational researcher Dagmar Marth has counseled persons with amputations both in a voluntary and professional capacity for nine years.
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