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Motor vehicle adaptation for a trainee official


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Employee's Disability and Functional Limitation:

The man is a paraplegic and is confined to a wheelchair due to loss of leg function. He also has kidney disease. His grasping space as well as his mobility are limited and he should not be exposed to major climatic fluctuations.

Training and job:

After graduating from high school, the man began training as a civil servant candidate for the higher administrative service. He is studying at a technical college for public administration as part of his vocational training.

Working environment - mobility:

The distance between the civil servant candidate's place of residence and the university of applied sciences is approx. 85 km. Due to his disability, it is not possible for him to use public transport for the long journey. Therefore, he was brought to and picked up from the technical college daily by his parents in their own car.
The man found a driving school with a car suitable for disabled people and got his driving licence there. In order to be able to get to and from the technical college without outside help, he needed a car suitable for disabled people. For cost reasons, a used car with automatic transmission was purchased (foot operation of the clutch is not necessary), which already has power steering, internally adjustable exterior mirrors, electric windows and central locking. In addition, a throttle ring with service brake was also installed on the steering wheel, allowing for manual acceleration and braking and also the retention of the driver's airbag. A wheelchair loading system has also been fitted to allow the driver to load and unload the wheelchair (after transferring) without effort. To reduce physical strain during long journeys, an orthopaedic driver's seat with a heated seat was fitted, which is required due to the presence of kidney disease.

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Further Information

The purchase of the car was subsidised by the Integration or Inclusion Office and the disability-related vehicle equipment was 100 percent subsidised. In addition, the integration or inclusion office subsidised the acquisition of the driving licence. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office and the vehicle conversion company.

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Last Update: 3 Mar 2021