In the spring, KNOLL trainee Julian Bechtle worked closely with Marcus Baumgärtner for one week in the Upper Swabian Workshop for the Disabled (OWB) in Mengen. Baumgärtner then came to KNOLL for one week. The exchange was part of the "INIOS – Inclusion in Upper Swabia" program. The project "Change of perspectives" allows trainees in regional companies to spend one week in a workshop for people with disabilities (WfBM) and in return, it allows people with disabilities to work one week in regional companies. KNOLL training manager Peter Widmann believes this is a positive development: "We learned a lot. Readiness to help others, openness and acceptance of one's fellow people who are different have increased substantially." Julian Bechtle sees things similarly: "For me, the cooperation with Marcus was enriching, especially the warm interaction. Surprising was that products and quantities similar to what we produce in chipping were also produced there." Managing Director Matthias Knoll is convinced: "Interpersonal skills are important to us. The exchange offers outstanding possibilities for gaining practical experience. Starting in the coming year, we would like to expand the project to all trainees and naturally also invite other employees of the OWB to visit us." For more details about the exchange week, see: http://www.inclusive-education-in-action.org/inios-hd.html
What is inclusion?
Everybody should have the opportunity to participate completely and equally in all social processes. A milestone here was set by the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, which went into force in Germany in 2009.
What is INIOS?
"INIOS - Inclusion in Upper Swabia" is a program for inclusion in work and the creation of inclusive life and working worlds where the differences between people are the rule. The project initiators are the Institut für Technik und Arbeit (ITA) and a series of other participants. The project is supported by the "Aktion Mensch."