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Apply for other assistance as individual benefits for participation in working life


In order for you to be able to participate in working life as a person with disabilities, the Federal Employment Agency can support you with a series of measures and support services. The benefits include, among other things, the so-called other aids to promote participation in working life.

In addition to the statutory support benefits, there are also additional aids for participation in working life, which you can apply for in order to enable and maintain an appropriate and suitable employment or self-employment. These so-called other aids include, for example:

  • the temporary use of a sign language interpreter
  • mobility training
  • participation support

If you have hearing and speech impairment and temporarily need a sign language interpreter in connection with your induction into an employment relationship, the costs for this assignment will be covered.

If you are blind or severely visually impaired and mobility training is necessary so that you can travel the distance between home and work, this training is encouraged.

Participation support

Participation support helps you to prepare for in-company training, retraining or employment subject to social security contributions. The support is provided by educational institutions on behalf of the Employment Agency.

The participation support consists of 3 modules:

  • Module 1 Professional orientation: This will help you to find out which professions and activities are best suited for you. Your interests, your health and mental performance and also the requirements of the labour market are taken into account. Module 1 can be supplemented by individual practical days in companies.
  • Module 2 Introduction to training, retraining or employment: You will be supported in finding a specific company-based training, retraining or job. Among other things, you will receive support in assembling your application documents and you will be prepared for job interviews. Module 2 can be supplemented by individual practical days in companies.
  • Module 3 Training, retraining or employment security: You will receive help in coping with everyday business life, for example through consultations in the event of conflicts in the company. The aim is to be able to work permanently on the primary labour market. Your transition from training to employment can also be supported.

The participation support consists of one or more modules depending on your individual needs. Each of the 3 modules lasts a maximum of 6 months. The scope of care includes at least 2 hours per week during the entire approval period. If you need more support, up to 8 hours per week are possible. Over the entire duration of care, qualified and experienced social and rehabilitation pedagogic specialists are at your side.

The costs are covered by the Employment Agency.

If, due to your disability, you need support with vocational integration or to secure an existing job, you could be eligible for other help.

In order to receive any other help, you must contact your employment agency:

  • Make an appointment with the team Professional Rehabilitation and Participation of Your Employment Agency.
  • If you do not yet have a personal contact person, make an appointment via the service hotline.
  • In a personal conversation, you will clarify together whether other help is suitable for you.
  • If your advisor determines that the help is needed so that you can participate in working life, this person will discuss the next steps with you.
  • Your consultant will also discuss with you the forms you need to fill out.

In order for you to be able to consider other assistance as a benefit for participation in working life, the following general requirements must be met:

  • You have a disability and the Federal Employment Agency is your responsible rehabilitation provider.
  • Your prospects of participating in or participating in working life again are permanently significantly reduced due to the nature or severity of your disability.
    • Or: You are threatened with a disability with the same professional consequences.
  • You must contact your employment agency for funding or reimbursement before expenses arise or expenses are incurred.

In addition, you may have to observe special requirements for the respective funding.

Please ask your consultant which documents you need in detail.

The processing usually takes several weeks.

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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