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Pages: 8509-8516
Publication year: 2019
ISBN: 978-84-09-08619-1
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2019.2125

Conference name: 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 11-13 March, 2019
Location: Valencia, Spain

WORKPLACE INCLUSION 4.0 - AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE WORKING CONDITIONS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE BY TRAINING CONSULTANTS

The authors are employed at the FH JOANNEUM GmbH (FHJ), an university for applied sciences in Austria, at the department for Internet Technologies & - Applications. They are all involved in the Project Workplace Inclusion 4.0, which is an Erasmusplus project coordinated by the FHJ. In this international project also partners from Italy, Turkey, Greece and Finland are involved.

Background of the project:
The EU charter of fundamental rights prohibits discrimination on the ground of disability and recognizes the right of people with disabilities to benefit from measures to ensure their independence, social and occupational integration and participation in the life of the community. The rights of persons with disabilities in the EU are also protected by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
On 15.11.2010, the European Commission published its Communication "A European Disability Strategy for People with Disabilities 2010-2020: A renewed commitment to a barrier - free Europe". The strategy aims to ensure that people with disabilities exercise their full rights and participate fully in society and society of the European economy, with an important focus being on the elimination of barriers.
In order to drive the implementation of the strategy with its complexity, it requires qualified advice. The consulting services currently available on the market are usually very specific and do not cover the holistic approach of all types of disability.

Innovative approach of the project:
Because of that issues, the FHJ developed an innovative training course for improvement the workplace conditions of disabled people. The participants of this course are able to give consultancy in order to improve the working conditions for disabled people.

The innovative aspects of the course are laying in the following aspects:
1) Holistic approach of the training
The holistic approach of this training is compared to existing trainings, which train experts in specific areas. The approach is quite innovative, because it communicates the whole problem and not only one part of it. Hence, it is important to be able to understand, to analyze the entire workplace situation of people with disabilities and to suggest measurements to solve it.
2) Social innovation
The social innovation is the improvement of the workplace for people with disabilities. The innovation will be distributed through the course participants (i.e. consultants) to the organizations especially SMEs. The awareness and the responsibility of all people involved will raise.
3) Certificate Accessibility Consultant (CAC)
The certified accessibility consultant, conforming to the international ISO17024 standard, will be available for the participants. The CAC can be obtained by doing an examination

Content of the project:
This project focuses on the improvement of work place inclusion of people with disabilities.

The main objectives of the project are:
1) Study of the current status of work place inclusion of people with disabilities
2) Preparation of teaching and learning materials for the WI4.0-training.
The course consists on the following modules:
- Sensitization
- Web Accessibility
- Sign Language
- Infrastructure
- Workplace innovation and Supporting tools for disabled people
- Learning difficulties
- Legal aspects
3) Test course conducted in all five partner countries with at least ten participants per course (including certification)
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J. Egerer, F. Niederl, S. Prossnegg, W. Schabereiter (2019) WORKPLACE INCLUSION 4.0 - AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE WORKING CONDITIONS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE BY TRAINING CONSULTANTS, INTED2019 Proceedings, pp. 8509-8516.
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