Kick-off: INTERREG project "Social space-oriented and inclusive participation of people with disabilities in the border region 'Bavaria – Tyrol'"


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The "Diakonisches Werk des Evang.-Luth. Dekanatsbezirks Rosenheim e. V." and the "Center for Social & Health Innovation" of the "MCI Management Center Innsbruck Internationale Hochschule GmbH" started their cooperation in April for the INTERREG project "Social space-oriented and inclusive participation of people with disabilities in the border region 'Bavaria - Tyrol'". Aiming to improve the care provision for adults with disabilities in the areas of work, education, housing, and leisure within the border region. We focus on people with learning difficulties, physical and sensory disabilities and people with mental illnesses. In the medium and long term, the development and intensification of cross-border, needs-oriented offers should contribute to a synergetic supply of people with disabilities and strengthen the border region as an inclusion-friendly social area. The project is funded within the framework of the EU program "INTERREG Austria - Bavaria 2014 - 2020".

Project background & process

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities calls for people with disabilities to have the prospect of active participation in various aspects of social life. It calls for the creation of an inclusive social space. In rural structures such as 'Bavaria - Tyrol' it is generally more difficult for people with disabilities to receive care in line with their needs and to rely on the right to choose.  People with disabilities mainly take advantage of benefits in their respective home countries. In addition to the frequent and general lack of services, there is also a lack of knowledge of those affected regarding the structure of services and access methods in neighboring regions, as well as a lack of knowledge about personal rights and administrative hurdles. "We are convinced that those affected can benefit from a cross-national development of social space and that participation and integration can thus be better achieved," says Klaus Voss, member of the management board of Diakonie Rosenheim and responsible for "Social Services Upper Bavaria". "We have applied for this project together with the MCI in order to identify offers, needs and potential and to use these findings for cooperation in social work in the border region in the long term. The MCI is contributing its scientific expertise, which is necessary for the monitoring and evaluation of such a project". At the beginning of the project existing offers and services for people with disabilities within the border region 'Bavaria - Tyrol' will be identified. Under the current conditions (COVID19), telecommunication techniques are utilized for interviews and multi-stage surveys. In addition to those affected and their relatives as 'experts in their own cause', specialists from institutes (administration, service providers) as well as employers, chambers and associations are involved in the social space analysis. A legal opinion evaluates the existing legal and / or administrative barriers and possibilities regarding the utilization of cross-border participation offers. To ensure that the perspective of people with disabilities is sufficiently taken into account an external, self-affected expert provides scientific support as peer researcher. Subsequently, fields of action as well as possible recommendations for the border region are derived from the knowledge gained and made available free of charge to affected persons, professionals, as well as the professional public and policy makers.



Lukas Kerschbaumer, BA, MA
Teaching & Research Assistant

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Sascha Gell, BA, MA
Project Assistant

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NEW PROJECT: COVID19 Social Indicator Survey

The Center for Social & Health Innovation (CSHI) is currently conducting an online panel survey to investigate potential social consequences of the COVID19 epidemic. In the first wave, 1,024 Austrian individuals were surveyed. Predefined demographic quotas were used based on Statistik Austria population data.The second wave is set to take place in June 2020. The data collection was implemented by Dynata, a private market research company. The study contains indicators on people’s information habits, their attitudes toward COVID policies, their knowledge, and the fears related to the crisis. The results of the survey will be published and discussed on our CSHI blog.

Research funding and cooperation between the MCI and Caritas of the Diocese of Innsbruck


Dedicated action for and with people in need

Following the core mission of the Caritas to take on existential social challenges, contribute to educational work and promote networking and cooperation between relevant partners in all social functions, the Center for Social & Health Innovation (CSHI) of the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and Caritas of the Diocese of Innsbruck established a cooperation. Supporting students that wish to actively deal with problems of daily practice in the Caritas in the context of their Master thesis. In the course of collaborative research projects, questions evolving out of daily practice will be scientifically explored and possible solutions developed.

Julia Ganner and Christina Tanzer, two students from the International Health & Social Management Master's program at Management Center Innsbruck, have prevailed in a two-stage selection process and are now working in cooperation with the Caritas of the Diocese of Innsbruck and the Center for Social and Health Innovation at the MCI. Research topics are related to opportunities, barriers, advantages and concerns concerning voluntary work in seniority and pensioners.

We would like to thank the Caritas of the Diocese of Innsbruck for the opportunity given to our students and congratulate Julia Ganner and Christiane Tanzer on the successful application process. We wish them all the best on their journey to writing their master thesis and look forward to exciting results.




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