Billing information and customer support in simple language

Organization
PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH
Country of Implementation
Germany
Region
Europe
Subregion
Western Europe
Start Year
2015
First published
31.01.2018

PIKSL uses the competences of people with and without disabilities to develop products and services for everyone. One of its services helps E.ON, a German utility company, to better communicate with all of its customers. In 2016 approximately 300 people with intellectual disabilities used this service during the pilot phase.

Different people given advices on how to understand the different cases.
PIKSL supports E.ON in making their invoices and full communication better accessible for all customers.

Solution details

People

Tobias MARCZINZIK
“We felt like partners on the same level, because our opinion was valued.” Christoph Wiche, PIKSL consultant with a disability

Problems Targeted

Many people with and without disabilities have difficulty understanding their utility invoices, resulting in miscommunication, payment delays, and even the suspension of utility services.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

The E.ON payment services helpline has been established to support customers who have difficulty with paying their bills and to offer these customers help in a way that is tailored to their needs and easy to understand. As a first step, an online portal was developed. Then printed media was created that gives advice to customers to avoid payment difficulties and offers help in case their utility services have been shut off. In addition, these flyers offer information about energy saving measures. To make the website accessible and the printed material understandable for people with intellectual disabilities, E.ON hired PIKSL. PIKSL employs people with intellectual disabilities as consultants who understand the problems involved and who act as experts in improving accessibility. In co-working session with E.ON, the payment flyers and the payment support Internet page have been made accessible for people with intellectual disabilities by translating the text into clear language and an easily understandable layout. Currently, all online and printed materials are available in several languages. [It is understood that consultants get paid. This is unnecessary]

Funding, Outlook and Transferability

PIKSL does not see any immediate growth opportunity with E.ON, but the translation of information into easy to understand language is in high demand in Germany and abroad. Therefore, there is a high potential that this practice will be replicated. PIKSL is currently preparing to scale-up all its activities by findings partners who would like to open a PIKSL outlet of their own. Each new PIKSL outlet will offer the same products and services, including “inclusive test and learn workshops.” PIKSL has received a large donation from the SKala Initiative and is currently looking to recruit more talented people – both with and without disabilities. The goal is to open at least five new outlets throughout Germany over the next three years. The practice is 100 per cent self-financed through the consulting fees that are billed to the various clients.

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Different people given advices on how to understand the different cases.PIKSL supports E.ON in making their invoices and full communication better accessible for all customers.

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Country of Implementation

Germany

Region of Implementation

Europe