Apply for basic training for severely visually or hearing impaired people Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

In order for you to be able to find your way around at work and in everyday life with a profound visual impairment or hearing impairment, you need to have many special skills. The basic training for the blind or comparable basic training provides you with the knowledge and skills you need for an independent and autonomous life - professionally and also privately. The special basic training courses are aimed at people who are basically aiming for vocational training or retraining, but whose knowledge and skills are not yet sufficient to successfully carry out this training or retraining due to a (present) severe visual impairment or hearing impairment. If training or retraining is not possible due to personal reasons, funding can also be provided prior to taking up employment. Basic training for the blind During basic technical training for the blind, you will learn new techniques that will be necessary to perform or continue to perform a job because of your disability. The course contents include, for example: Reading and writing Braille (Braille), learning to use computer aids specific to the blind.., working with electronic braille readers and blind notetakers, orientation and mobility, so that you can move and orientate yourself independently and safely in public spaces, practical life skills so that you can, for example, sign your name, recognise money, care for your clothes and prepare small meals -in short, run your own household. The duration is 10 to 12 months. Hearing basic training During basic hearing training, you will learn strategies to communicate as well as possible with hearing people. The aim is for you to find out the hearing tactics with which you personally can best communicate with hearing people both at the training place or workplace and during a vocational qualification. The course contents include, for example: Speech training, Hearing training for hearing aid or cochlear implant users, development and training of listening tactics, use of written interpreters, sign language and technical aids, Audiotherapy, communication training, Training to increase the ability to concentrate and work under pressure. The duration is 3 to 6 months, depending on requirements. The technical training for the blind or comparable basic training is supported by the Employment Agency or the Job Centre, provided that the Federal Employment Agency is the responsible rehabilitation agency. You are entitled to either transitional allowance or training allowance and you are covered by social insurance. These basic training courses usually take place in a vocational rehabilitation facility that is equipped to meet the special needs of people with disabilities.

Please ask your advisor what documents you need when you contact them.

Forms: none Online procedure possible: no Written form required: no Personal appearance required: yes The counsellor will clarify with you during the interview which forms you need to fill in or which documents you need to submit if you are eligible for the Blind Technical or comparable basic training.

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You have a severe visual or hearing impairment or are at risk of developing such an impairment. Your responsible rehabilitation agency is the Federal Employment Agency. Your prospects of participating or re-participating in working life are permanently significantly reduced due to your disability. You are willing to undergo vocational training or to be vocationally integrated in another way.
In order for you to be able to receive the blind technical or comparable basic training, you must contact your Agentur für Arbeit: To do this, make an appointment with the vocational rehabilitation and participation team at your employment agency or the integration specialist at your job centre. If you do not yet have a personal contact person at your employment agency, make an appointment by calling the toll-free number. If you are already being looked after by the Job Centre, make an appointment with your personal integration specialist. During the counselling interview, it will be clarified whether the basic training is suitable for you. If your adviser decides that the basic training is suitable for you, you will be registered for it immediately. Your adviser will also discuss with you the forms you need to fill in. They will also tell you when and where the course will start and what you will need to complete it. You will receive written notification as soon as a place is available. Your adviser will register you for the basic training.

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