How handicap ♿ friendly is your country compared to Germany?

Hello reader. This blog is aimed to share my genuine experience of working 👩‍💻 and living in Germany 🇩🇪. In this very short blog post I would like to share with you how amazing the public transportation 🚄 infrastructure is built in Germany keeping in mind the handicapped people who live in the country. When I experienced it at the first time I was super shocked because this is something I have never seen in India.

If you are new to this blog my name is Chandrasen, I’m an Indian immigrant based in Germany, I am also the co-founder of Destination Germany. In this blog I share my experience on working and living in Germany.

In the last blog post I wrote about how good is Germany’s public transportation infrastructure, how well connected it is, what are the different types of transportation that are available for people to use etc. etc. such that if you live in any city and you own a car then it’s just a matter of luxury.

After living in Germany for couple of days one fine day I was on my way to Heidelberg city centre in a city bus from my student residence. In one of the stops I saw a handicapped person on the wheel chair waiting for the bus that I was in. As soon as the bus stopped in the bus stop I saw something unusual.

The bus driver opened all the doors of the bus and got out of his seat while the engine is still on. He came out to open the expandable platform from the bus which opens such that the bus and the bus stop platform gets connected so that the handicapped person with his wheelchair can get in and out of the bus. You can see the example photo below.

As soon as I saw this I was like wow 😮. This was for me really great to see because I felt really good about the fact that even a handicapped person’s needs are being taken care of in Germany.

Credits: BVG

One more thing which is very much noticeable when you travel in public transportation in Germany is that many of the railway stations are handicap friendly which would consists of elevators so that if the train station in above or below the ground level which usually is the case the handicapped people can use it to reach the railway station.

In fact in wheelchairtravel.org website it is said that „Berlin features one of the most wheelchair-friendly public transportation systems in the world. The two major metro rail systems, U-Bahn and S-Bahn, are accessible at the majority of stations in the City of Berlin. Trams and city bus services are entirely accessible to wheelchair users.“

If you would like to experience traveling in public transportation in Germany or If you ever dreamt of working and living in Germany then this is the right time for you to take next big step to explore different opportunities that Germany has to offer you so that you can work and live in Germany.

To just give you a bit of background, Germany lacks a lot of technically skilled people. To be exact in the coming years Germany has a demand for around 700,000 people with technical skills. In order to fill this gap in March 2020 it has also liberalised lot of rules and passed an act called Skilled Workers Immigration Act (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz) which makes it easier to get a visa for broad range of people living in non-EU countries.

I truly believe that we all have one life to live and when we get the opportunity we should definitely take it and put in a little bit extra effort (which can be learning a bit of German language, knowing more about German culture etc.) to explore this life changing experience which can be lived by working and living in a foreign country with completely different culture.

If you are someone who also believe in the same then we are here to help you make your dream come true by providing you the opportunity to explore different job openings at many top German employers, supporting you in visa topics and integration topics.

Go to our website to know more about us. Once you know who we are what we do check out our current job openings here. If you find the job that fits your profile then go ahead and apply for that position.

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