Prof. Wacker involved in 3rd Participation Report of the Federal Government as Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Wacker, head of the Chair of Sociology of Diversity, was significantly involved in the 3rd Participation Report of the Federal Government as Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board on the living conditions of people with impairments. This was published on Friday, April 30, 2021.


The 3rd Participation Report is largely based on data from 2009 to 2017, during which time the number of people with impairments in Germany rose by nine percent to 13.09 million (2017). This development is primarily attributable to demographic change and an increase in the number of people with mental impairments. In addition, the number of people with impairments and a migration background has increased particularly sharply, by 30 percent between 2009 and 2017. One focus of the report is the social inclusion of people with impairments and disabilities.

For the first time, the report includes the results of a nationwide representative survey on the participation of people with disabilities commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS). In particular, it is intended to examine the actual conditions for participation.

The report also includes the 140-page chapter "Health - Opportunities for Participation - Risks of Discrimination," which was conceived and written by the Scientific Advisory Board. "The comments on these three keywords take an analytical and critical look at the health care of so-called vulnerable population groups," explains Prof. Wacker. "At the same time, this subchapter contains a longer in-depth section on the topic of loneliness as well as a subchapter on Corona, including the latest literature. This is not only extremely exciting scientifically, but also still highly topical at the interface between politics and science, which we experience vividly in everyday life right now."

In addition to presenting the facts, published comments from the Scientific Advisory Board in the report provide insight into current, scientific discourse and formulate expectations for inclusion policy at the federal and state levels. "I think this is a very nice and proven format, that we as the Scientific Advisory Board can actively help shape the report and stimulate critical discussion through our independent comments, which are published unchanged," Wacker said.

"The publication of this report comes at a time that is very challenging for people with disabilities," notes Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, in the foreword to the Participation Report. "They are affected by the Corona pandemic in many ways and need special support. That is why the German government took measures at an early stage to safeguard facilities and support structures for people with disabilities during the crisis. I cite as examples the Social Service Provider Deployment Act and the Corona Participation Fund endowed with 100 million euros."

In his foreword, the Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs thanks all members of the Scientific Advisory Board, but especially the Chairwoman, Prof. Wacker: "A total of ten renowned scientists under the leadership of the diversity sociologist Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Wacker (Technical University of Munich), in exchange with the implementing institute, Prognos AG and my team in the BMAS, have repeatedly struggled for a good analysis and comprehensible presentation. In my opinion, the result is something to be proud of, and those involved deserve my respect and recognition."

 

Every four years, the German government publishes a report on the situation of people with impairments in Germany. Under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, it thus fulfills the reporting obligation enshrined in the Ninth Book of the Social Code (§ 88 SGB IX) and Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

 

To the 3rd Participation Report of the Federal Government on the living conditions of people with impairments

To the homepage of the Chair of Sociology of Diversity

 

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Wacker
Chair of Sociology of Diversity
Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60/62
80992 München

e-mail: Elisabeth.Wacker(at)tum.de

 

Text: Romy Schwaiger
Photos: BMAS/Astrid Eckert/TUM