News from Drachensee Foundation: People with disabilities have successfully been qualified as educational specialists

The project Inclusive Education, which was presented during the Zero Project Conference in 2016 by Dr Jan Wulf-Schnabel from Foundation Drachensee, recently announced good news!

Within a three-year full-time qualification the project enabled five people with disabilities to become successfully qualified as educational specialists in order to contribute their expertise in their own cause at colleges and universities. As qualified educational specialists they communicate their everyday lives with disabilities to students and teachers, specialists and managerial staff alike. Furthermore, paid employment for these five qualified educational specialists was created – a so far unique programme at German universities. And last but not least, the Institute for Inclusive Education became an affiliated part of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Germany).

As a result, people with disabilities, who previously worked in a sheltered workshop, now become a permanent part of the scientific system. The now university-affiliated institute sets a clear course towards inclusive education and complements the other research-related institutes of the university in a special way.

During the ceremony on the 31st October 2016, the Secretary of State of Schleswig Holstein, Mr Rolf Fischer, awarded the funding of 1,25 Million Euro to the Managing Director of the Institute for Inclusive Education, Dr. Jan Wulf-Schnabel, as well as the title, “Affiliated Institution” to the Vice-President of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann. Subsequently and most importantly, the five qualified educational specialists signed unlimited employment contracts with the Institute.

Closing ceremony of the project Inklusive Bildung in Kiel, Germany © Dr. Jan Wulf-Schnabel, Managing Director of the Institut für Inklusive Bildung; Laura Schwörer, Education specialist

Closing ceremony of the project Inklusive Bildung in Kiel, Germany © Dr. Jan Wulf-Schnabel, Managing Director of the Institut für Inklusive Bildung; Laura Schwörer, Education specialist

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Closing ceremony of the project Inklusive Bildung in Kiel, Germany © Dr. Jan Wulf-Schnabel, Head of Project „Inklusive Bildung” at the Drachensee Foundation; and Horst-Alexander Finke, Education specialist

Closing ceremony of the project Inklusive Bildung in Kiel, Germany © Dr. Jan Wulf-Schnabel, Head of Project „Inklusive Bildung” at the Drachensee Foundation; and Horst-Alexander Finke, Education specialist