European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities on 5 May 2023

The motto of this year's European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities is " Creating a more accessible future”.

The European Day of Protest for the Equality of People with Disabilities was established in 1992 by the representative organizations Interessenvertretungen Selbstbestimmt Leben Deutschland (ISL)

and is celebrated annually. On May 5, the Council of Europe's Europe Day also takes place. This day was chosen as a day of protest to emphasize that all people should be equal throughout Europe and that a constant effort is required to achieve indispensable legal foundations for the equality of people with disabilities.

In the German society there are massive challenges for the future. On the one hand, the energy supply, climate protection and mobility, also aging or shortage of skilled workers are just some of them.  Accessibility is a challenge: for people who encounter it every day and for those who work to implement it. It is not only the prerequisite for a self-determined life of people with disabilities, but also enables equal participation in everyday life, in social and political developments. Accessibility benefits society as a whole, and it also contributes to sustainability. Because a barrier-free world is more livable for everyone – especially when you think about young families with baby carriages and other vehicles, such as running bikes, etc., or also about demographic changes.

At the University of Mannheim, the Representative for Employees and Students with a Disability is committed to removing barriers for students and employees.
Students with disabilities can contact Alexander Holzer if they have questions about studying and/or about compensating for disadvantages in studying with a disability or a chronic illness.

Andreas Wick and his deputy are the contact persons for employees with disabilities in science and administration. Among other things, they advise on workplaces suitable for the disabled and provide assistance with questions regarding the Social Security Code.
The Disability Representation is open to your concerns and will gladly support you at the University of Mannheim.

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