The former Marxzell Nursing Supervisor has found her way to work

Classified as severely disabled

Changing jobs with severe disabilities was a challenge for Ruth Axmann of Marxzell-Pfaffenrot. A consultant from the employment agency Ettlingen, who is engaged in engagement, accompanied her on her way – successfully.

With a disability in wages and bread: Ruth Axman (left) has found work in her previous profession as a nurse. Here with her consultant Sarah Daubenberger-Friedrich from the Employment Agency.

Photo: Jürgen Hotez

Since this summer, Ruth Axtmann from Pfaffenrot has been working part-time as EUTB advisor for the association Living Together in Pforzheim. Supplementary Independent Advice on Participation (EUTB) is a specialized agency where persons with disabilities advise other persons with disabilities on participation and inclusion issues. Ruth Axman, who trained as a nurse in 1988, is classified as severely disabled.

Instead of the word disability, you’d rather hear the term disability because it has fewer negative connotations. The 55-year-old tells how she found her way back into the job market despite her disability. “Always perform – that’s how I grew up,” says Axtmann in an interview with BNN, who was recently promoted to director of nursing at a facility in North Hardt through several additional courses.

“Lots of work, high stress factor,” she says, “Ten-hour workdays weren’t uncommon. In 2016, her body sent strong warning signals – a herniated disc was accompanied by heart problems. “You keep crawling, but it has to happen in your head as well. Heart and head don’t always go together,” she says later.

Despite rehab, working from home and office equipment and an employer who “really cared about her”, she was eventually no longer able to do her job as an administrative manager due to restrictions.

The ground under my feet shook.

Ruth Axman, employee with a disability

Negotiations with pension insurance, which did not feel responsible, failed. The proposed simple telephone service does not appear to be suitable for Ruth Axman for the qualifications she has obtained. However, the labor market did not allow part-time work in the old job. “The ground shook under my feet.”

The exchange with the counselor at the employment agency Ettlingen was significant

But through a close, eye-level exchange with her business advisor Sarah Daubenberger-Friedrich, she once again felt personal and felt supported. Daubenberger-Friedrich works in the field of rehabilitation and participation at the employment agency Ettlinger.

“In order to reintegrate into the labor market, we went in the direction of qualification,” she says. On the advice of the Nursing Service, part of her previous work, Axman found a four-month course on her own initiative via an online platform. After the relevant certification, she worked in the public service for three months before finding her connection at EUTB.

Of course she has a “strong bond and good foundations through her family”, which also makes up for the low pay due to part-time work. “It is only a third of the leader’s original salary.”

“Don’t be sad! Look back for a moment, then go on,” this is how Ruth Axman describes her personal situation and also recommends to other people with disabilities: “Treat disability with self-confidence. Then there will be no fears and many things will be clear from the start.”

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