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Vocational rehabilitation in Germany

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Employment is a key determinant for societal participation. In Germany, a comprehensive system of vocational rehabilitation has been developed aiming to integrate disabled people into the labour market. This project contributes to a better understanding of exclusion and inclusion mechanisms related to employment participation of disabled people. By the application of concepts from systems theory, the societal part systems influencing the ex-/including mechanisms are identified and structured in a multi-level model. First empirical results on young disabled people who participate in special training programs using survey data of the Institute for Employment Research show that two thirds of the participants find a job after the training program. On average, male participants need less time for finding a job after the program than women. Further determinants for successful integration are the educational level and the training place. The project is conducted in cooperation with Nancy Reims (Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg) and Stefan Zapfel (Institute for Empirial Sociology, Nuremberg). The results have been published in the journals "Disability and Society" and "Die Rehabilitation".

Publications arisen from this project:
  • Reims, Nancy; Gruber, Stefan (2014): Junge Rehabilitanden in der Ausbildung am Übergang in den Arbeitsmarkt., Die Rehabilitation, 53, 376-383
  • Gruber, Stefan; Titze, Nancy; Zapfel, Stefan (2013): Vocational Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities in Germany - A Systems Theoretical Perspective, Disability and Society, 29, 2, 224-238

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