The establishment of a centre for young persons with slight disabilities and its impact on social life in a rural context: the example of Höch, in Austria

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


In 2012 the former school building in the Austrian village of Höch (330 inhabitants) was sold to a pharmacist couple. A local municipal councillor, who was also the head of the local tourist agency, persuaded them to open a small cafe’ in the building, and to hire him as manager. He also developed a concept called “Inclusive Work”, and was able to get the “Lebenshilfe” (an organisation which supports people with disabilities) to come on board in 2015. Since then, a multi- purpose centre was established with different learning and working environments such as a café, a farmer’s shop where local products are sold, a workshop where natural products are made and sold, e.g., soaps, yoga cushions, and organic herbs. But the concept of "inklusive work" has changed in the course of the time. The talk shed light on the approaches of both, of the municipal councillor and the "Lebenhilfe" and revealed two different understandings of what "inklusion" could mean.
Event titleThe XXVIII ESRS Congress
Event typeUnkonwn
Degree of RecognitionInternational