Kreisverwaltung Ahrweiler -


Dear Reader, 

In the following, we would like to provideyou with the essential information about participation and care structureplanning in your language.  

  1. History

    The district of Ahrweiler was among the first to take on the challenge of developing a participation plan for people with disabilities. The participation plan was officially adopted by the district assembly of the district of Ahrweiler in 2005 and attracted interest throughout Germany.

    Due to the fact that the framework conditions have changed in many ways since 2005, in April 2016 the district of Ahrweiler decided to implement a new planning process together with the Siegen university institute ZPE. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is intended to serve as a guideline here and connect the two branches of the planning process: the participation of people with impairments and the care structure planning. The project started in September 2016 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018. The planning activities are supervised by Prof. Dr. Albrecht Rohrmann and Prof. Dr. Johannes Schädler from the ZPE. 

  2. Framework and targets of the project

    The paradigm shift regarding support for people with disabilities which is moving away from welfare and towards participation and assistance is reflected in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and the inclusion guidelines it contains. The UN CRPD refers to “persons who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” (Article 1). This very open definition of disabilities clearly also includes people dependent on care. It establishes a planning approach which refers equally to the provision of services and the development of an infrastructure which anyone can access and use.

    The objective of an inclusive community where everyone’s participation in all areas of society is natural can serve as a guideline for the different agents at the municipal level. From this perspective, the municipal planning processes not only refer to services for people with impairments but also to the inclusive design of the entire local infrastructure. Even if it remains necessary to focus on the specific needs of people with impairments, the planning also takes into account the risk of excluding other groups of society that are in danger of being discriminated against.

    The fields of care and integration assistance for people with disabilities are very important for social community politics. Ensuring that the public infrastructure is also accessible and barrier-free for inhabitants of the district of Ahrweiler who are dependent on care or have disabilities is in the best interests of public welfare. Furthermore, the aim is to offer support services that meet the current professional and social law standards while simultaneously accounting for the economic resources of the municipality. The conditions regarding the social environment should be developed in a way that enables people with disabilities and therefore also people dependent on care to live in their own homes, regardless of their need for assistance. The intention is to use innovative planning concepts which meet the specific requirements of the district by focusing on the social environment and thereby seek to ensure that social services are accessible, professional and citizen-oriented.

  3. Legal basis

    The district of Ahrweiler is obliged to develop a care structure plan by the Act on the Ensuring and Further Development of the Care Supply Structure (LPflegeASG) in Rhineland-Palatinate.

    As the local social welfare provider, the district also has planning sovereignty with regard to aids and benefits for people with disabilities (integration assistance according to sections 53 and 54 of the German Social Code Vol. XII - SGB XII). The legal obligation to develop a local participation plan can also be derived from the general social planning requirement within the framework of municipal public services according to Art. 28 of the German Constitution (GG).

  4. Planning structure and work planning

    Organisation, progress and implementation of the planning process are coordinated by a supervisory group. The competent departments of the district administration, and Prof. Rohrmann and Prof. Schädler from the ZPE are represented in the supervisory group.

    As the project progresses, the intention is for the planning work to refer to four social environments based on the geographical distribution of the care bases:

    • Adenau/Altenahr
    • Bad Breisig/Brohltal
    • Remagen/Sinzig
    • Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler/Grafschaft
    • Decentralised planning conferences in the four social environments ensure the participation of many different agents from the fields of care and (self-)help for people with disabilities.

  5. Schedule

    The following schedule is planned:

    • August 29, 2016
      Official start of the project and first session of the supervisory group
    • By February 2017
      Data collection and analysis
    • By July 2017
      Decentralized planning sessions and regional expert forums
    • By September 2017
      Presentation of an interim report
    • By  March 2018
      Further conceptual work regarding social environment planning
    • By July 2018
      Implementation work in the social environments
    • By August 2018
      Presentation of the final report
    • September 2018
      Public presentation of the results

  6. Contact

    If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact:

    Kreisverwaltung Ahrweiler
    Abt. 2.4 Soziales
    Wilhelmstr. 24-30
    53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

    Teilhabe- und Psychiatriekoordinator (coordinator for participation and psychiatry)
    Mr. Theo Lassau
    Tel. 02641/975-246
    Fax 02641/975-7246
    Email: Theo.Lassau@kreis-ahrweiler.de

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