Applied Disability Research This research field develops practical recommendations for action for the integration of people with disability in companies and in society. The Mission In the framework of applied research, it is particularly necessary to pursue the mission “Our research brings worlds together” of persons with and without disability. Central to linking the two worlds is the aspect of economic fairness. The goal is that by integrating each world into the other, an added value will be created for the whole. In today’s reality, by contrast, the following main reasons hamper the economic participation of our segment of society with disability: Values, attitudes and mindsets that are mired in deficit thinking Infrastructural barriers A labour market that does not play along for employees with disability To enable us to actually contribute to changing these main reasons, our work is based on the modern research approach of “managing diversity”. For managing diversity is the constructive dealing with the diversity and heterogeneity of sociodemographic groups. Managing diversity, and its philosophy of working together instead of the current practice of working against one another, is legitimised by the creation of added value for all stakeholders who are of importance for a system. In terms of methodology, applied research is based on both qualitative and exploratory procedures. Qualitative research combines approaches which are non-mathematical and whose procedures and results derive from data gathered by a multitude of different means. These include observations and interviews as well as books, videos or data that have already been gathered for other purposes. The concern is always to take a step back and to analyse situations and patterns of behaviour in a critical manner. This requires a theoretical and social sensibility as well as the ability to consciously keep an analytical distance. It is necessary to reflect upon existing observations based on our experience on the meta-level. This is central to exploratory research. Exploratory research is implemented when little is known about causes and relationships and an insight into unstructured situations needs to first of all be gained.