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Work assistance for a consultant on inclusion at GIZ


This is the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), which helps to permanently and sustainably reduce differences in development and general living conditions in other countries, such as in the "Third World", through global cooperation with its offers and services. In doing so, the organization works on behalf of various ministries.
People with disabilities also work at GIZ. In order to promote the employment of people with disabilities, especially people with a severe disability or equality, at GIZ, a corresponding inclusion agreement was developed.

Disability and impairment of the employee:

The woman has infantile cerebral palsy with tetraspasticity since birth and is dependent on a wheelchair for locomotion due to her spastic paralysis of the extremities. She has only a very small residual ability to use her arms and hands, which is why her wheelchair is pushed by an accompanying person or assistant, for example. Professionally and privately, she generally requires full-time assistance. For private purposes, she can use a specially equipped assistant's room in her apartment for overnight stays.

Training and job:

The woman completed a degree in Romance studies and education. As part of her studies, she also participated in an EU exchange program abroad as the first wheelchair user with 24-hour assistance. After her studies, she first worked as a freelance journalist for various inclusion magazines.
Before she then started working as a freelancer for GIZ as an evaluator, she still worked on a research project on inclusive education. One year after her time as a freelance consultant, she was hired by GIZ as a permanent consultant for global projects and projects on inclusion for people with disabilities, working four days a week.

Employee comment:

"That was the first time in my life that I had a permanent job, which of course was still project-based at the beginning."

Workplace and work organization:

The employee usually supports projects and projects by providing advice from her workplace in the office (see picture) and home office. Her tasks also include events such as workshops, which she attends with her work assistant and also organizes herself, and giving presentations.
To enable her to perform her tasks, she receives physical support at her computer workstation in the office and at home in the home office from an assistant or work assistant for ancillary tasks such as printing out documents, sending letters, handing out documents, setting up and taking down the laptop, and making presentations that are more complex and require more motor skills.
With regard to events and workshops, the work assistance also supports, among other things, the distribution of microphones and materials, the setting up of flipcharts and the recording of content.

Comment of the work assistance:

"We have known each other for several years now and have adjusted well to each other. The work therefore runs quite routinely."

Work environment - mobility:

She is accompanied by assistants on business trips at home and abroad and on her way to and from the office.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

and participation:
The costs of the care assistance for the private sphere are borne by the provider of integration assistance in the federal state concerned - in NRW by the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR). The assistance for work or work assistance is funded daily to the extent of three hours by the LVR Inclusion Office.

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Last Update: 6 Jun 2023