This research unit of the CDI-HSG develops recommendations for the inclusion of people with disabilities in companies and in society. Research area research projects publications (in german) Mission In today's reality, the following main reasons inhibit the economic participation of the social group with disabilities: Values, attitudes and ways of thinking stuck in deficit thinking Infrastructural barriers A labor market that does not play along for employees with disability Within the field of Applied Research, we thus consider it particularly important to fulfill the mission "Our research unites worlds" of people with and without disabilities. We aim to create additional value for the whole by including one world into the other. Therefore, our focus is on designing practical inclusion concepts and tools so that all involved can benefit. Icons made by (from top to bottom) Rediffusion, ibrandify and Matt Wasser from The Noun Project Research Approach Our work is based on the modern research approach "Managing Diversity" to be able to effectively address the main problems in the inclusion of people with disabilities mentioned. Managing Diversity is a constructive way of dealing with the diversity and heterogeneity of socio-demographic groups. The concept and its philosophy of cooperation which aims to replace the currently experienced antagonism is legitimized by the creation of added value for all stakeholders that are important for a system. Methodology Methodologically, our research is based on qualitative and exploratory procedures. Qualitative research comprises non-mathematical methods whose processes and results are derived from data collected by a variety of different means. These include observations, interviews as well as books, videos or data already collected for other purposes. The aim of these methods is to take a step back and critically analyze situations and behaviors. This requires theoretical and social sensitivity as well as the ability to consciously maintain an analytical distance. It is important to reflect on existing observations based on our experience on the meta-level. This analytical distance and reflection are essential, especially for explorative research. It is employed specifically in scenarios where little is known about causes or correlations in order to gain insight into unstructured situations. Feedback Group for the Impact Report on Disability Policy St.Gallen In 2013, the cantonal "BehiG" (sGs 381.4), the law on social security and integration of people with disabilities was implemented in the canton of St.Gallen. The effect of this law was investigated in a process lasting several years, with the objective of determining how the actual living situation of people with disabilities appears in the canton of St.Gallen. In various areas of life, such as living, working and employment, education, health, political participation and mobility, factors were analyzed that promote self-determination and equal participation, or prevent it. In line with the motto "Nothing about us, without us" , a strong emphasis was out on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the preparation of the impact report. The echo group, which accompanied the creation of the impact report, was accordingly composed of group members with and without disabilities. The AWF of the CDI-HSG has been an expert member of the Echo Group since 2016. In January 2019, the final Impact Report on Disability Policy of the Canton of St. Gallen" of the Office of Social Affairs was presented at a public event. It has been decided to transfer the format into a institution. The implementation of the recommendations for action will thus be continuously monitored in the form of a circular concept. Computer Input Unit for People with Disabilities Special keyboard of Prof. Dr. Nils Jent People with a disability often need specific technical devices in order to be able to use their potential in the workplace. For hand-disabled and simultaneously blind computer users, we are developing and testing an input system based on the latest technologies in collaboration with a German industrial group. This system was subsequently made available commercially for further development and use. The project serves as an innovation driver for the participation of disabled people in the workplace. Prototype 2 has been tested and released. In February 2020 the 0 series will be released. In April 2020 the new keyboards will be delivered to Prof. Dr. Nils Jent. Preparation of the guideline "Teaching and research at the university - barrier-free!" The project "Teaching and Research at the University - Barrier-free!" is an ongoing project of the Swiss Universities, which aims to improve the accessibility for employees at Swiss universities. The project aims to create a platform for lecturers and researchers with disabilities and chronic diseases as well as decision-makers at university level. Prof. Dr. Nils Jent serves as an expert for the development of the guidelines for the implementation of accessibility, which will be made available on this platform. Our research results are predominantly published in German, thus few publications are available in English. If you are interested in the details of our work, please get in touch with us. 2019 Jent, N. & Pescia, L.: Ein Arbeitsmarkt –auch für Menschen mit Behinderung, in: Doppelpunkt, Ausg. 07/2019, S. 12, Baden-Dättwil. Jent, N. & Pescia, L.: Diversity Managament - Option oder zwingend erforderliche Grundkompetenz?, Beitrag für Sammelband Diversity, Universität Hamburg (erschienen im Dezember 2019). 2018 Pescia, L. & Jent, N. (2018). Tourismus – eine unentdeckte Branche in der Diversitäts- und Intersektionalitätsforschung. Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management : ZDfm, 1, S. 74-78. Münster, K. & Jent, N. (2018). Inklusion: Bundesweite Förderung für betriebliche Inklusion. Topeins: das Magazin für Führungskräfte 1 , 1, S. 16-17. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit AWF. Münster, K., Jent, N. & Pescia, L. (2018). Interview: Inklusion und Vielfalt leben. Topeins: das Magazin für Führungskräfte. Verfügbar unter https://topeins.dguv.de/sicher-gesund-fuehren/nationale-foerderung-betrieblicher-inklusion/inklusion-und-vielfalt-im-arbeitsleben/. Päper, C. & Jent, N. (2018). Kein Mensch ist nur blond oder blauäugig. HR-today , 3, S. 33. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit AWF. Surber, P., Popp, C. & Jent, N. (2018). Aufklären! Mit stoischer Geduld!. Saiten, 10/2018, S. 34-37. Artikel basiert auf Interview mit AWF. 2017 Weiss, C. (2017) Gleichstellung in der Arbeitswelt ist heute vielerorts erst eine schöne Vision, in: Curaviva, Nr. 5, S. 11-13. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit der AWF. Püntener, C. (2017) Ich bin kein Outsider, in: Wendekreis – Die Zeitschrift von COMUNDO, Juni/2017, S.10-12. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit der AWF. Grau, C. (2017) Neue Technologien. Barrierefreiheit – auch im Berufsalltag, in: ICT Netzwoche, http://www.netzwoche.ch/storys/2017-09-20/barrierefreiheitauch-im-berufsalltag. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit der AWF. Hoffmeyer, M. (2017) Die Vorteile der Vielfalt. Wie Firmen bessere Arbeitsplätze für Behinderte schaffen können, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Nr. 214, S.63. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit der AWF. Bunjes, M. (2017) Artikel zur Inklusion am Arbeitsplatz, Nachrichtenagentur epd, Veröffentlichung voraussichtlich im November 2017. Artikel basiert auf schriftlichem Interview mit der AWF.