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Apply for basic training for people with profound visual or hearing impairments

In order for you to be able to cope with a profound visual impairment or hearing impairment at work and in everyday life, you must have many special skills. The basic training required by the disability provides you with the knowledge and skills you need for an independent life – both professionally and privately.

The special basic training courses are aimed at people who are basically aiming for vocational training or retraining, but whose knowledge and skills are not yet sufficient to successfully carry out this training or retraining due to a (occurred) severe visual impairment or hearing impairment.

If training or retraining is not possible due to personal reasons, support can also be provided in advance of taking up employment.

Basic training for the blind

During a basic training course for the blind, you will learn new techniques that are necessary for the exercise or further performance of an activity due to your disability.

The course content includes, for example:

  • read and write Braille braille (Braille),
  • get to know and use blind-specific computer aids,
  • working with electronic readers for the blind and notes for the blind,
  • Orientation and mobility, so that you can move and orient yourself independently and safely in public spaces,
  • Life skills, such as being able to sign, recognize money, take care of your clothes, and prepare meals – in short, run your own household.

The duration is 10 to 12 months.

Basic training in hearing technology

During a basic training in hearing technology, you will learn strategies to communicate as well as possible with hearing people. The aim is for you to find out the listening tactics with which you can best communicate with hearing people both at the training place or workplace and during a professional qualification.

The course content includes, for example:

  • Training
  • Hearing training for hearing aids or cochlear implant recipients
  • Development and training of listening tactics,
  • the use of speech-to-text interpreters, signs accompanying spoken language and technical aids,
  • Audio therapy,
  • communication training,
  • Training to increase the ability to concentrate and cope with stress

The duration is 3 to 6 months, depending on your needs.

The basic training required for disability is funded by the Employment Agency, provided that the Federal Employment Agency is the responsible rehabilitation provider. You are entitled to either transitional allowance or training allowance and are covered by social security.

These basic training courses usually take place in a vocational rehabilitation facility designed to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities.

Process flow

In order for you to receive the basic training required by your disability, you must contact your employment agency:

  • To do this, make an appointment with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Participation team at your employment agency.
  • If you do not yet have a personal contact person at the Employment Agency, please make an appointment via the Service Hotline of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • During the consultation, it will be clarified whether the basic training is suitable for you.
  • If your advisor determines that the basic training is suitable for you, you will be immediately registered for it. Your advisor will also discuss the forms you need to fill out with you. You can also fill out the documents online.
  • Your advisor will register you for the basic training.
  • You will receive a written notification as soon as a place is available.

Who should I contact?

You can find the office of the Federal Employment Agency responsible for you via the service finder.

Competent authority

You can find the office of the Federal Employment Agency responsible for you via the service finder.


  • You have, or are at risk of, a profound visual or hearing impairment.
  • Its responsible rehabilitation provider is the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Due to the nature and severity of your disability, your prospects of participating or re-participating in working life are not only temporarily significantly reduced and you therefore need help to participate in working life.
  • They are willing to undergo vocational training or other professional integration.

Which documents are required?

When contacting your advisor, please ask what documents you need.

What are the fees?


Processing duration

The processing usually takes several weeks. Once the service has been approved, the measure should begin as soon as possible in consultation with the provider.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: Yes
Online services available: Yes


Appeal to the Employment Agency, which issued the decision. Further information on how to file an objection can be found in the respective notice.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)