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Apply for basic training for severely visually or hearing impaired people


In order for you to be able to cope with a high degree of visual impairment or hearing impairment at work and in everyday life, you must have many special skills. The basic training for the blind or comparable provides you with the knowledge and skills you need for an independent and independent life – both professionally and privately.

The special basic training courses are aimed at people who basically aspire to vocational training or retraining, but whose knowledge and skills are not yet sufficient to successfully carry out this training or retraining due to a (occurred) high degree of visual impairment or hearing impairment.

If training or retraining is not possible because of personal reasons, support can also be provided in advance of employment.

Basic training for the blind

During a basic training course for the blind, you will learn new techniques that will be necessary for the exercise or further exercise of an activity due to your disability.
The teaching content includes, for example:

  • Braille (Braille) read and write,
  • get to know and operate blind-specific computer aids,
  • work with electronic blind readers and blind note devices,
  • Orientation and mobility, so that you can move and orient yourself independently and safely in public space,
  • practical living skills, so that you can, for example, afford a signature, recognize money, care for your clothes and prepare small meals – in short, you can run your own household.

The duration is from 10 to 12 months.

Basic acoustic training

During a basic audio technology training, you will learn strategies to communicate with listeners as well as possible. The aim is for you to find out the listening tactics with which you can communicate personally with listeners both at the training place or workplace as well as during a vocational qualification.
The teaching content includes, for example:

  • Training
  • hearing training for hearing aid or cochlear implant wearers,
  • Development and training of a listening tactic,
  • use of script interpreters, phonetic signs and technical aids,
  • audio therapy,
  • communication training,
  • Training to increase the ability to concentrate and exert

The duration is 3 to 6 months, depending on the need.

The basic training for the blind or comparable is funded by the Employment Agency or the Job Centre, provided that the Federal Employment Agency is the responsible rehabilitation provider. You are entitled to either transitional allowance or training allowance and you are covered by social security.

These basic training courses usually take place in a vocational rehabilitation facility that is equipped to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities.

If you become severely visually or hearing impaired, you must first learn to deal with the new situation. With a basic training, you can learn special skills that you need at work and in everyday life.

In order to receive the basic training for the blind or comparable, you must contact your employment agency:

  • To do this, make an appointment with the vocational rehabilitation and participation team of your employment agency or the integration specialist in your job centre.
    • If you do not yet have a personal contact person in the Employment Agency, make an appointment at the free telephone number
    • If you are already being looked after by the job centre, make an appointment with your personal integration specialist.
  • In the consultation, it will be clarified whether the basic training is suitable for you.
  • If your consultant determines that the basic training is suitable for you, you will be immediately bookmarked for it. Your consultant will also discuss with you the forms that you need to fill out. It also states when and where the measure begins and what you need for it.
  • You will receive a written notification as soon as a place to participate is available.
  • Your consultant registers you for the basic training.
  • You have a high degree of visual or hearing impairment or you are threatened with such a disability.
  • Its responsible rehabilitation provider is the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Your prospects of participating in working life or participating again are permanently significantly reduced because of your disability.
  • They are willing to be professionally educated or otherwise integrated professionally.

When contacting your consultant, please ask which documents you need.

The processing usually takes several weeks. After the service has been approved, the aim is that the start of the measure takes place as soon as possible in coordination with the provider.

  • Objection to the Employment Agency or the Job Centre, which issued the decision
  • Action before the Social Court
  • Forms: none
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

The consultant will explain to you in conversation which forms you have to fill out or which documents you have to present if you are eligible for the basic training for the blind or comparable.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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