In an inclusive society, being different is considered normal. As a society, everyone benefits when obstacles in roads and buildings are removed to make these areas accessible to all. Likewise, tearing down mental barriers to create space for greater openness and tolerance also strengthens societal cohesion. Inclusion is defined as a human right in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Germany is a signatory to this convention and uses a number of programmes and initiatives to implement its charter.
Our ‘Inclusion’ project group within the DLR Project Management Agency supports the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) in the funding of model and research projects to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities as well as in measures belonging to the ‘Inclusion Initiative’. The project group pools our expertise within health, education, and services research to manage this task.
Here, the main focus is on projects relating to medical rehabilitation and the development of technical aids. A project we support, for instance, seeks to improve the quality of life for visually impaired persons using a guide dog. Another project is developing innovative data goggles that allow the hearing impaired to work in certain professional fields: not only will the goggles display all the information they need to complete their work, they will also act as an interface between the hearing impaired and those without hearing impairments, for instance in cases of alarm or fire
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