Lukas-Benjamin Reisinger is one of 87,000. And yet he is different from everyone else. The 21-year-old from Bad Leonfelden lives with autism, a neurological developmental disorder that manifests itself in different strengths and forms. It is often difficult for those affected to keep up with society. Reisinger can keep up the pace. Mostly because he was given a reasonable chance to do so. The young Mühlviertler, who is also politically active, works at the “Bella Flora” garden center in Linz. He is one of 24 people with disabilities employed in six branches in Upper Austria.
At the Wels company “Kellner & Kunz” there are 138 people who were lifted from the fringes to the center of society with a job. They put together screw assortments and do small assemblies. There are no fears of contact with the rest of the workforce. Everyone works together here – and that also applies to companies and non-profit organizations. A total of 5,958 people with disabilities work in Upper Austria as of April 23. The majority pursue integrative employment in companies, 409 people work in sheltered workshops.
May 5th, Inclusion Day
May 5th is also a public holiday for all of them. Because today is the 31st “European Day of Inclusion”. For Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, inclusion is “a promise”. People with disabilities “should be able to participate in social life with equal rights and self-determination,” he says. This also includes the same job opportunities. Social Provincial Councilor Wolfgang Hattmannsdorfer wants to further improve these opportunities in Upper Austria. The goal: to increase the proportion of integrative employment. “Access to employment is an important step in enabling people with disabilities to lead a self-determined life. We want to promote this even more in Upper Austria,” he says.
Among other things, with the first inclusion prize in the country. The prize, which was christened “Flying Fish”, is intended to draw attention to volunteers, businesses and social organizations that contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities. It is awarded in three categories: “Living together”, “Working together” and “Changing together”. Submissions are still possible until May 31st.