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27/09/2019 - 13:18
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A study trip for specialists working in the field of rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

A study trip for specialists working in the field of rehabilitation of people with disabilities took place in Germany from 15 to 24 September 2019. It brought together representatives of the Kaliningrad Regional Public Organization of People with Disabilities "Kovcheg", the "Life Route" Charity, and the Centre for Сurative Pedagogics. The participants spent 9 days in Germany learning the best practices from their German colleagues in organising the rehabilitation of people with musculoskeletal system injuries, and creating assisted living amenities, work places, and a quality barrier-free environment in general.

“We have just begun to build the Observer wheelchair factory in Kaliningrad, on the territory of which we also plan to open a rehabilitation centre. And we really hope that we will be able to launch these two projects at the same time, thanks to the EU grant. In Germany I have seen everything we want to do on the territory of the future centre. Rehabilitation, assisted living, employment - three in one. That is why it was so important for me to show these practices to my team. We met with the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities, the Director of the Department of Social Policy, and the Group Handicapped Trust Person of the Deutsche Bahn AG. We visited the intensive care fund, the independent living expert centre and the REHACARE International 2019 exhibition, the key exhibition for our industry. It is important that in Germany we can directly see what has already been done and works well, nothing needs to be invented from scratch,” said Roman Aranin, head of "Kovcheg" about the trip.

The key topic of the meetings with the Group Handicapped Trust Person of the Deutsche Bahn AG Stefan Pietsch and the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities Jürgen Dusel was the employment of people with disabilities.

“About 6% of Deutsche Bahn employees have a severe degree of disability. It is very important for us that people with disabilities have some advantages when applying for a job. These can be both administrative and technical posts - it all depends on the level of qualification and the capabilities of a particular specialist,” said Stefan Pietsch.

“Democracy cannot exist without inclusion. People with disabilities and people without disabilities have the exact same rights, including the right to work,” said Jürgen Dusel.

The group visited the unique rehabilitation centre P.A.N., specialising in helping patients after severe strokes and craniocerebral injuries, as well as to see assisted living apartments in Berlin. Meetings with specialists in social policy and the independent living expert centre in Dusseldorf took place in the framework of the REHACARE 2019, the world's largest specialised exhibition of rehabilitation, prevention and care technologies. It is interesting that this year for the first time Russian manufacturers were widely represented at REHACARE.

“We are very pleased that the companies from Russia - Observer, Kinesis, Neurochat, Super Motorica and others - demonstrated production of a very high technological level. We noted the great interest of visitors to their products. This means one thing only: these companies can really compete in the international market,” said Michael Mandel, Deputy Director General of Messe Dusseldorf Moscow LLC.

The trip was organised by the EU Delegation to Russia.

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