Case Study
Motor vehicle adaptation for a paraplegic candidate for the civil service


The company is a district.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man is paraplegic and has to rely on a wheelchair due to the loss of his leg function. He also has kidney disease. His reach and 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 to become a civil servant candidate for senior administrative services. As part of his training, he is studying at a university of applied sciences for public administration.

Work environment - mobility:

The distance between the civil servant candidate's place of residence and the university of applied sciences is approx. 85 km. Because of his handicap, he is unable to use public transport for the long journey. That is why his parents drove him to the university in their own car and picked him up again every day. The man found a driving school with a disability-friendly car and got his driver's license there. In order to be able to cope with the way to the university of applied sciences and back without outside help, he needed a disability-friendly car. For cost reasons, a used car with automatic transmission was purchased (foot actuation of the clutch not required), which already has power steering, inside adjustable exterior mirrors, electric windows and central locking. In addition, a gas ring with service brake was installed on the steering wheel, which enables acceleration and braking by hand and also allows the driver's airbag to be retained. In addition, a wheelchair loading system was installed that enables the driver to load and unload the wheelchair (after transferring it) without exerting any effort. In order to reduce the physical strain during long journeys, an orthopedic driver's seat with seat heating was installed, which is necessary due to the kidney disease.

Assistive devices used:

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Funding and participation:

The acquisition of the car was subsidized by the integration and inclusion office and the disability-related vehicle equipment was subsidized 100 percent. In addition, the Integration and Inclusion Office subsidized the acquisition of a driver's license. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the integration or inclusion office and the vehicle conversion company.

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Last Update: 3 Mar 2021