bhz Stuttgart e.V. offers a wide range of services for people with disabilities, including vocational training, work in recognized workshops, in-patient and out-patient housing concepts, and old-age care. At the instigation of the Lab1886 Global innovation laboratory, Mercedes-Benz is donating a wheelchair-friendly Vito Tourer to bhz Stuttgart e.V.
"We are proud of Mercedes-Benz' long history of supporting people with disabilities, and look forward to giving this customized Vito to bhz Stuttgart," said Susanne Hahn, Head of Lab 1886 Global.
Supporting people with disabilities
The Mercedes-Benz Vito has a cut-out at the rear, with a ramp for wheelchair users. This allows the vehicle to be accessed with a wheelchair via the rear ramp. A personal and wheelchair restraint system attaches the wheelchair to the floor in order to ensure safe transportation. This means that a person in a wheelchair can be transported comfortably in a seated position.
The employees (people with disabilities working in the workshop) can take advantage of a wide range of activities such as swimming, theater groups or self-defense classes. A wheelchair-friendly vehicle is essential in order to facilitate these activities, most of which are offered by external parties. The new vehicle will also be used by bhz Stuttgart e.V.'s FELS service, which aims to reduce the burden on families. FELS offers young people and adults with disabilities a wide range of leisure activities. Some of these take place after work hours, such as an excursion to the Wilhelma zoo or to Ritter Sport in Waldenbuch, or multi-day residentials are held in places like Allgäu or Taubertal. A vehicle is also required for these activities. Until now, these two sections of the charity only had access to a large and slightly aged Sprinter.
"Barrier-free mobility is important for our work and for people with disabilities," said Irene Kolb-Specht, CEO of bhz Stuttgart e.V. "The new Vito makes it easy for our residents and employees to participate in the additional sport and cultural activities we offer. Thank you very much for this fantastic donation."
- About the bhz Stuttgart e.V.
The charity runs the Fasanenhof workshop in the south of Stuttgart, which currently provides around 160 jobs. The workshop focuses on industrial manufacturing. The north of the city is home to the Haus Feuerbach plant, which currently provides 150 jobs and focuses on services.