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Status Quo Labour Market Inclusion

Status Quo Labour Market Inclusion of People with Disabilities - Updates from Research

During this half-day event, we highlighted the topic of labour market inclusion of people with disabilities based on current research results and offered space for networking on the topic.

In the first presentation, the participants were given a look at Germany and the question of what opportunities the Participation Act opens up for the inclusion of people with disabilities in general and in the world of work in particular. In addition, in a second input we presented the facts on the data situation on people with disabilities in Austria and discussed the question of what can currently be said about the situation on the labour market of people with disabilities on the basis of this data. Companies as key players in labour market inclusion and their perspective on the issue were the content of the third keynote speech.

Another item on the programme was a panel discussion, where we took up the contents of the presentations and dealt with aspects of the inclusion of people with disabilities in companies. There was time for questions and the opportunity for active participation. The event was concluded with an informal networking event, which was well used.

Date: 07 Dec 2022

Time: 09.00 - 14.00

Place: WU Wien & online via livestream

The speakers & moderation

Lea Mattern, MA
[Translate to English:] Foto Lea Mattern

Lea Mattern, M.A. studied business administration in a dual degree programme at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and then rehabilitation education at the Humboldt University in Berlin. During her last studies, she worked in various qualitative research projects with a focus on vocational rehabilitation. Furthermore, she always worked in practice alongside and after her studies, e.g. as a qualification trainer in Supported Employment. Since the beginning of 2019, Lea Mattern has been working as a research assistant at the Humboldt University of Berlin and is doing her doctorate on the work biographies of workshop employees with learning difficulties and their perspectives on work and careers.

Dr. Tonia Rambausek-Haß
[Translate to English:] Foto von Dr. Tonia Rambausek-Haß

Dr Tonia Rambausek-Haß studied sociology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and did her doctorate on the implementation of Art. 19 UNCRPD at the University of Kassel. During her doctorate, she worked on the research project "Evaluation of the Disability Equality Act" (Director: Prof. Dr Felix Welti). From 2016-2021, she was a research assistant in the projects "Participatory Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Participation Law (until 2021)" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Gudrun Wansing at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has also represented the management of the Centre for Inclusion Research Berlin since October 2022.

During the joint lecture, Dr Tonia Rambausek-Haß and Lea Mattern addressed current figures on the labour market situation of people with disabilities in Germany and present the results of their qualitative-explorative study on the implementation of the BfA in Berlin, which was carried out as part of the project "Participatory monitoring of the current development of rehabilitation and participation law until 2021".

Magdalena Schertler, MA
[Translate to English:] Magdalena Schertler

Magdalena Schertler, MA studied psychology and applied ethics in Graz. Since 2021, she has been a research assistant and doctoral student at the Center for Disability and Integration at the University of St. Gallen (CDI-HSG). There she researches the topic of diversity and inclusion in today's working world. As part of the project "Inclusion Champions Switzerland", she develops effective intervention strategies to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace in cooperation with leading companies.

In her input, Magdalena Schertler presented the current state of research on inclusion, used various examples to show how inclusion can work and addressed why the topic is also becoming increasingly relevant for companies. With the St.Gallen Inclusion Index, she presented a well-founded instrument that makes inclusion measurable for both research and corporate practice. Using a current practical example from the "Inclusion Champions Switzerland" project, she also gave insights into how the feeling of inclusion among employees can be effectively promoted with the help of evidence-based measures.

Selma Sprajcer
[Translate to English:] Selma Sprajcer

Selma Sprajcer is a Senior Researcher and has been working at the NPO Competence Centre since 2011. She began her professional career in the nonprofit sector at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Nonprofit Research. The focus of her work is on people with disabilities and volunteering. She studied sociology with a focus on cultural and migration sociology in combination with political science at the University of Vienna.

Dr. Christian Grünhaus
[Translate to English:] Christian Grünhaus

Dr. Christian Grünhaus (formerly Schober) is scientific director and senior researcher of the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organisations at WU Vienna. Apart from the operational management of the Competence Center, he continuously leads practice-oriented research projects, mostly funded by NPOs or the public sector. Previously, he was Managing Director and Senior Researcher of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Nonprofit Sector Research (NPO Institute), where he was in charge of setting up practice-oriented research. His involvement with nonprofit organisations and the nonprofit sector began in 2000, initially with his participation in projects of the Department of Social Policy and the Institute of Sociology at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Dr. Christian Grünhaus completed his doctorate in commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Our guests on the podium

Dominik Gruber
Quality Management Team Research & Projects pro mente OÖ
Wolfgang Kowatsch
Managing Director, myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH
Karina Lettner
Head of Department Social Science Practice Research, Project Management Easy Language & Visualisations, KI-I
Franziska Mitter
Social science practice research, evaluation, KI-I
Michael Pichler
Director, Zero Project Austria
Michaela Schafferhans
Key Account Manager, neba

Impressions from the event