The Corona pandemic and, since February 2022, the Ukraine war have meant that other major issues have taken a back seat in public perception over the past almost three years. Alongside tackling climate change, inclusion is one of these major issues. In contrast, the Waldeck-Frankenberg district has established a forward-looking instrument: the inclusion commission as an auxiliary body of the district committee. It has now met for its first session in the Korbach district hall.
First District Councillor Karl-Friedrich Frese, as Chairman of the Commission, explained the objectives of the body: "In our work, we are guided primarily by Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In concrete terms, this means that obstacles and disadvantages for people with impairments in Waldeck-Frankenberg should be identified and eliminated." This is because the district is committed to a society in which every person has the same opportunities and possibilities and is able to participate in public life in a self-determined manner.
The overriding agenda of the Inclusion Commission is therefore to identify problems in various areas of life such as work, housing, leisure and mobility. Proposals for solutions or recommendations for action are to be developed. In addition to Frese as chairman, the committee includes two members of the district committee and three members of the district council from local politics. Five knowledgeable residents of the district are also on hand to offer advice, assistance and suggestions. They were proposed by associations or institutions that are particularly interested in inclusion.
In the first meeting, not only the legal status and tasks of the Inclusion Commission were presented. Speakers Alexandra Köck and Miriam Drüppel also provided information about two projects: "Barrier-free living in the district" and "Pfotenpiloten". In addition, Ms. Drüppel presented the considerations regarding municipal representatives for the disabled. The committee will meet regularly from now on - the next meeting is planned for spring 2023 - and report on its deliberations to the district committee.
Members of the Inclusion Commission:
- First District Councillor Karl-Friedrich Frese, Chairman
- District Councillor Daniel Clemens, Volkmarsen
- District Councillor Fritz Schäfer, Vöhl-Basdorf
- Member of the District Council Dieter Büchsenschütz, Vöhl
- Member of the District Council Bernd Schaub, Volkmarsen
- Member of the District Council Heidemarie Schmirler, Willingen (Upland)
- Resident with special knowledge Gerlinde Albath, Hatzfeld-Reddighausen; VdK local association Reddighausen/Holzhausen/Eifa
- Resident with expertise Jürgen Damm, Bad Arolsen; Action for disabled people
- Resident with special expertise Hans-Jürgen Firch, Korbach
- Resident with expertise Nicole Kesper, Korbach; VdK Waldeck-Frankenberg
- Member of the Supervisory Board Iris Ruhwedel, Frankenau; State Welfare Association