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From the sheltered workshop to the job market - the way of a women with paraplegia


The woman working in the administration of a medical supply store

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The woman is instructed by a paraplegic on the use of a wheelchair. Because disability are their mobility and their grasping space limited. The degree of disability (handicap) is 100

Education and work:

The woman was trained by the employer as an office assistant for the management

Transition workshop for disabled people - general Labor market:

The woman was a long time unemployed. As she appeared hopeless in their home town to find a suitable job, she decided to nationally for a place to look. In conversation with the rehabilitation counselor of the employment agency she was taken on a job in a workshop for people with disabilities (sheltered workshops) attentive, which was two hours away from their hometown. Linked to this, she was promised a place in a residential home for assisted living. Previously, she had lived in her parents' household. The space in the dorm would also provide for the case of moving to another city for the necessary and usual support in daily life and household. Through these good conditions the woman's job was an easy decision, and also from the sheltered workshops was expressed interest. After completion of the necessary formalities, the woman was able to take their place in the sheltered workshop and move into the dorm.

In the WfbM it was used after the qualification in the VET sector first in-house bookstore. There they took care of the delivery notes and invoices. In addition, she completed at the local adult education center (VHS) an English course in order to be fit to underline its target for the primary labor market. The newly acquired foreign language skills she also qualified for the switchboard of sheltered workshops, which she now looked after full time. Meanwhile, the woman wrote to continue accepting applications for the job market, but received only refusals.

Among the clients of sheltered workshops also scored a US-based on-site medical supply store. The woman had already conditioned activity likely to do with the owner of the medical supply store and told him to find a job in the primary labor market and in private they talk about their projects. In the medical supply store until then a multiply disabled wheelchair was employed, which took care of the job order management, repair adoption and telephone service. He had his job terminated for personal reasons, so that the body was free. The owner of the medical supply store then stepped closer to the woman and offered her the vacant position on a trial basis to be filled. Since he had already talked in advance with the manager of the sheltered workshop, which had signaled its support for the bill, the woman

could immediately begin an internship in the medical supply store. From her predecessor, she was there first incorporated gradually into their new activities. Gradually, then their working hours were extended to full days. Since the wife and also the owner of the medical supply store with the work were satisfied, it was discontinued indefinitely. Meanwhile, she is so knowledgeable and experienced that it also represents her boss if he is away from home. For them, this is by his own admission, the biggest incentive

Work environment:

The woman an electric vehicle with cabin was (for weather protection) for the daily commute to work and the completion of errands, in which she in her wheelchair opened through the can roll tailgate and lowered ramp provided. The top speed of the electric vehicle is 6 km / h It can without a license, authorization and TÜV be driven on the road

Assistive devices used:

bimanual handrim-drive wheelchairs
motor vehicles with a speed limit (electric cars)


The electrically powered vehicle was funded by the Employment Agency.
In REHADAT you will also find the addresses and telephone numbers of the employment agencies.



  • wheelchair /
  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • electric car /
  • qualification /
  • vocational training section of the sheltered workshop /
  • office work /
  • typing work /
  • computer /
  • screen work /
  • computer workplace /
  • calling /
  • electric vehicle /
  • mobility /
  • access to workplace /
  • physical disability /
  • work task /
  • umemployment /
  • mobility aid /
  • new hire /
  • training /
  • job application /
  • working equipment /
  • Technical Inspection Organisation /
  • transfer sheltered workshop-general employment market /
  • communication /
  • employment /
  • using telecommunication device /
  • telecommunication device /
  • telecommunications /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • weather /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • paralysis /
  • spinal cord /
  • EASTIN /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • labour office /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • paraplegia /
  • sheltered workshop /
  • office /
  • administration /
  • telephone switchboard /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product /
  • further training /
  • practical course /
  • working environment design

update status: 27.10.2009

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