How can aging workforces stay healthy and employable? How can companies create a network with external participants of prevention and rehabilitation? What impacts does the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) have on vocational participation of people with disability and where is need for action? How can disabled professionals stay employed or how can they be utilized in a new way within the company? What can we learn from international research findings? At the Chair of Labour and Vocational Rehabilitation we are focusing on research and teaching with current social and sociopolitical relevant questioning. We are working in an interdisciplinary team where both the practical experiences and international cooperation are very important to us. Our participative attitude is crucial for that. We are eager to consider the perspective of all people concerned in every question.
Fields of competence
Demographic change and operational health promotion
We develop application-oriented concepts for health prevention and networking so that target group specific challenges of demographic change can be overcome.
Professionalization in vocational rehabilitation and prevention
The reintegration into work life, for example through the instrument of the the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) requires professional and competent support. Such support can be provided by representations of interests for people with disabilities in companies, operational or industry-wide consultants (Disability manager, for example) or carriers of the vocational rehabilitation. We research and accompany the tasks and fields of action of these participants for a competent and practicable support as well as the maintenance and restoration of work ability of afflicted employees.
Inclusion and diversity
The development of inclusive structures is important for the promotion of education and work life that are characterized by diversity and for a successful participation of disabled people.
The further development of barrier-free offers according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) requires continuous evaluation. We work with participative research approaches and accompany current developments and implementation actions.
We initiate cooperations and become actively involved in networks with representatives, social security funds, companies, social partners and welfare.
Universities and disability
niversities have a key role when it comes to the inclusion of highly skilled people with disability because they are setting the course of the student’s education and of scientific further training, for example through promotion. We identify barriers and develop action strategies for inclusive universities and for the transition of those important professionals into work life.