A VISION THAT IS BEARING FRUIT
The Apfelbaum Association is a personal concern of Clemens and Katharina Rauhs. As parents of a son with disablities, they founded this association in February 2015. Both were motivated not least by the need to give the oldest of their four children a self-determined future and individual living.
INDIVIDUAL, WITH EACH OTHER AND FOR EACH OTHER
For a self-determined life everyone needs innovative offerings. Based on this conviction, a new kind of infrastructure is now emerging in the middle of Vienna’s up-and-coming Yppenviertel. Living, learning and working according to the motto “Living, learning, laughing”. The range of services on offer will range from health and urban gardening to lifelong learning and inclusive vocational orientation and qualification.
HANDICAPPED CHILDREN: THE WORST THING IS PITY
How does life change when your child is disabled? Three parents tell how they have grown up, how difficult it still is. And why interest is important and why intrusive questions are devastating.
FOR A COMMON GOAL
On the inclusive Apfelbaum residential campus, people with and without disabilities live together in an open, conscious neighbourhood. Young and old, singles, couples and families create their common living space and contribute to the community with their commitment, support each other and yet preserve as much privacy as they wish.
Dr. Clemens Rauhs not only builds with love for detail, but now also promotes it – always with the joy of life before his eyes. The non-profit association Specialisterne aims to make talents with a diagnosis of autism accessible to the job market and to accompany them on the job.
Specialisterne brings people from the autism spectrum who have special abilities together with companies who urgently need these talents. Specialists with autism are already working successfully in the areas of IT, quality assurance or data analysis.
Since February 2017 there has been a cooperation with the Diakonie refugee service in which affordable living space is made available to those entitled to asylum on their way to a self-determined life.
The Diakonie refugee service has been offering integration counselling for persons entitled to asylum for many years. Through the targeted use of various integration measures and process-accompanying integration counselling, the foundations for social, economic and cultural equality in Austria are laid together with the clients.
The multi-professional team accompanies the clients for up to two years on their way to a self-determined life in Austria. In addition to integration counselling, psychosocial counselling, German language courses and learning support, the services also include the provision of affordable living space.